Opening up to a friend over a cycle or a swim can do wonders for your mental health but we know that sometimes things are more serious than that and a chat won’t do.

Here are some ways to spot if you or a friend should consider reaching out for more formal or professional support:

  • They share thoughts that they would be better off dead 
  • They share thoughts that they are thinking of hurting themselves some way
  • They share thoughts that they are thinking of hurting others in some way
  • They have no interest or pleasure in doing things
  • They share they are feeling hopeless
  • They feel bad, a failure and have let themselves or their family down
  • They are moving or speaking so slowly that its noticeable Or the opposite – being so fidgety or restless that they can’t keep still.
  • They are constantly feeling nervous, anxious, or on edge
  • They can’t stop worrying 
  • They become easily annoyed or irritable
  • They feel afraid as if something awful might happen

If you spot any of these signs please reach out to some of the following mental health support organisations:

or visit the NHS’s hub of hope to find one of hundreds of mental health support organisations. There’s sure to be one that suits your needs.