Whether you are supporting someone with mental health issues or struggling to look after your own wellbeing, it’s okay not to feel okay.
Watching a loved one struggle with mental health is extremely difficult. You may worry about their safety, be afraid of saying the wrong thing, feel upset that they are pushing you away, or doubt whether you’re even making a difference. These fears, doubts and anxieties are normal. The invisibility of their illness may make it difficult for you to see yourself as a real ‘carer’ but trust us – you are.
In this post, we provide helpful information on how you can support someone struggling with mental health. We also share how respite care across Suffolk, Essex, and Greater London can provide peace of mind when you can’t be there.
Supporting someone with mental health problems
We all feel anxious, stressed, or in a low mood at times in our lives. But if these feelings persist for long periods, they can start to affect daily life.
It can be difficult to know what to say or what to do when you see someone struggling. Fear or shame can often stop people from talking about mental health problems so it’s important to be non-judgemental, empathetic and compassionate.
If a loved one is struggling with mental health, here are some ways you can provide support:
- Offer practical help – Little acts of kindness can go a long way. This can include doing the weekly shopping, cooking meals and other day-to-day tasks.
- Lend a listening ear – Listening to someone talk about what’s going on for them without offering advice or trying to get a word in can be hugely beneficial. Asking open-ended questions can reassure them that you want to know more.
- Be there for them – Whether you’re going for a walk together, watching a film, or simply sitting in silence, it can be comforting for someone to know they’re not alone. While it’s important not to force someone to talk about something if they aren’t ready to yet, your presence can still make a huge difference.
- Gently recommend professional help – If you think someone could benefit from professional help, you can gently recommend that they contact their GP or get help from NHS 111. Some charities and helplines provide safe spaces to explore support.
Your wellbeing matters too
It can be distressing to see a loved one struggling to cope. As you support them, don’t forget to take care of yourself too. Be kind to yourself, practice self-care, and remember that your wellbeing matters too.
We are here for you
Our compassionate home care services are here to provide support between GP appointments or anytime you can’t be there. We can even provide respite care if you’re worried about leaving your loved one alone if you’re going on a trip or simply need a break. Our expert carers can help with household tasks, provide company, lend a listening ear and ensure your loved one doesn’t feel alone.
Get in touch
If you could use a friend or are concerned about the mental health of a friend or loved one, talk to us. We are here to provide support and make sure that nobody feels alone. Please get in touch and one of our friendly staff members would be happy to provide more information or answer any of your questions.