WHEN TO SEEK HELP
We all have good and bad days. Then there are those days when everything seems a bit too much. The following is a list of the symptoms that may be experienced by someone with mental health issues.
- Lowered self-esteem
- Change in sleep patterns
- Change in mood control
- Varying emotions throughout the day
- Change in appetite and weight
- Reduced ability to enjoy things
- Reduced ability to tolerate pain
- Reduced sex drive
- Suicidal thoughts
- Impaired concentration and memory
- Loss of motivation and drive
- Increase in fatigue
- Being out of touch with reality.
If you are experiencing one or more of the above symptoms, or you do not feel like your usual self and this is causing you personal distress and/ or preventing you from doing the things you would normally do, then please contact a professional, at least for a quick chat so they can see how you are doing. You do not need to be fighting this battle alone!
Helping someone else: It can be hard to know what to do when supporting someone that is in a mentally bad way. Our information is aimed at helping mates and family support their loved ones and take care of themselves too.
If you are worried about a family member or close mate here are some suggestions for what to do:
- Let them know you care and want to support them.
- Suggest that speaking to someone they feel comfortable with, their GP or other mental health professional, may help them feel better.
- Offer assistance (e.g. find someone they trust talking with and make the appointment or arrange the meeting).
Online resources containing tips on how to start a conversation with someone you are concerned about have been developed by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health. Visit the Conversations Matter website.