Common signs someone may be struggling with their mental health

Reaching out to someone could help them find the support they need

Life can be challenging at times, especially with the ongoing economic and cost of living issues we are currently facing.

Everyone has days when they feel a bit down and it’s normal to have motivational slumps occasionally. But sometimes these days can turn into weeks or months and become overwhelming.

There is nothing to be ashamed of and millions of us experience mental ill health every year.

So, if you’ve noticed someone’s behaviour has been unusual for more than a couple of weeks, please check in on them as they may need to seek professional help via their GP or any of the free mental health services on our website.

They may not feel like talking about things, but just opening the conversation around mental health could be the first step to them seeking support.

There is plenty of advice and help available for anyone struggling with their mental health but taking that first step can be daunting.

Having a friend, family member or colleague by your side can make it much easier.

Below are the most common signs that someone may be experiencing anxiety, depression, or other mental health problems:

  • No longer enjoying the activities and interests that used to bring them joy.
  • Declining social events and staying home more than usual.
  • Increased use of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Weight loss and a change in appetite / eating habits.
  • Being less active on social media / not communicating with friends and family.
  • No longer taking pride in appearance / personal hygiene.
  • Being constantly tired and spending more time in bed.
  • Quickly becoming angry or irritated.
  • Changes in sleep patterns.

It is important to remember support is available and you are not alone.