You don’t need to be able to diagnose yourself or someone else with a mental health concern, but it’s important to see someone who can help, if you or others are having a hard time.
A key sign that a person isn’t doing too well is a change in the way they think, feel, act or look. You might notice these changes in yourself or in someone else.
If you’re worried, trust your instincts; you won’t necessarily feel or notice all of these changes, or you may notice something else.
When going through major life changes, such as a relationship breakdown or separation, isolation, unemployment, retirement, physical illness, or a natural disaster it can be a good idea to keep an eye out for any changes that may indicate a mental health concern. While it’s normal to have reactions to these situations, it is important to seek professional help if you or a friend are experiencing:
extreme feelings of distress
distress that is interfering with your ability to carry out day-to-day activities
withdrawal from usual relationships or avoiding pleasurable activities
feelings of overwhelming fear for no apparent reason
If you’ve noticed some of these changes in yourself, it’s OK to reach out. Mental health problems are common and treatable, and the earlier you pick up on them and find the right help, the sooner you can get on top of it. Check out your what your options are here.