Looking out for friends online this World Mental Health Day
As people are spending more and more time online, many will turn to social media to express their feelings or will have it as the go to place when facing a tough time. This World Mental Health Day (10th October 2020) we have created a list of what to do if you are concerned about a friend online.
Look out for the warning signs
More and more people use the internet to express how they’re feeling. This can be through status updates, videos, photos, posts and messages.
People who are struggling to cope often feel negative about themselves and suffer from feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness and isolation. Phrases to watch out for include:
- I want to give up
- No-one would notice if I wasn’t here
- I hate myself
Remember that it’s ok to not know all the answers:
You don’t have to know all of the answers to your friend’s worries, you just have to be willing to listen and show you care. Send them a message, give them a visit or encourage them to talk to someone about what they’re going through, just be there to reassure them that it’s okay to ask for help.
If you think a friend is feeling suicidal or might need help, please contact Samaritans, who are available round the clock, every single day of the year. You can reach Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90