Talk to them and reassure them they're not alone
- Avoid making assumptions - it can be difficult for people to talk about their mental health. Make it easier for them by ignoring the many stereotypes.
- Don't talk about it to other people - respect the privacy of the person.
- Encourage people to talk if they want to - ask honest and open questions about their experience, what this means for them, and what support they might need.
- Don't offer advice - focus on listening.
- Be flexible - be prepared to adapt your support to suit the individual.
- Seek help for yourself - it can be difficult supporting someone who is struggling with their mental health.
I feel there is an immediate danger and I am worried they might harm themselves and/or others
- Contact their Key Worker if they are already a Mental Health Service User.
- Encourage them to contact their GP.
- You can contact their GP and ask for a home visit if you cannot persuade them to go themselves.
- If there is an immediate danger, contact A&E on 01481 725241 and/or the Police on 999.
- Follow the link to Further Reading
- Contact Guernsey Mind for information and advice on what to do in this situation.