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Caring for Others
My Friend

Supporting our friend

Whichever stage of our lives, friendships can enrich our lives in many ways. They can provide us with the companionship and the support we need, but a healthy friendship is also a two-way street.

When our friends are going through difficult times, we can provide them with the comfort and support they need to manage life’s challenges. We can often be a key source of support, especially if we notice that they are struggling.

Supporting friends with stress, sleep and other mental health challenges

Tips on supporting our friend

We are an important source of support to our friends and may have a healthy and strong relationship with them. We might also be better able to tell if they are dealing with day-to-day challenges or struggling with a larger problem.

Here are some tips on how to check in with them and provide support:

Starting a conversation

Starting a conversation with our friends about their well-being can be difficult. To help us navigate challenging conversations with empathy and care, you can pick up some useful conversation tips here .
Learn how to provide emotional support to friends facing mental health or mental wellbeing issues

Be supportive and let
them know they are
not alone

Our friends may have a hard time asking us for help for fear of burdening us. If we sense that something is troubling them, we can offer them a safe space to share their thoughts and let them know that we are here to support them.

When they open up, listen to their feelings, thoughts and needs. We should give them the space and time to express what is on their mind. Offering comfort and reassurance can help them feel better, even if we may not be able to help address the problems they are facing.

Be mindful of our tone and volume

Our friend may just need a listening ear and for someone to acknowledge their concerns. We can speak in a softer volume and a gentler tone to show them that we care.

Prioritise their well-being

If our friends are acting unusual, neglecting themselves or endangering their own safety, they may need professional help.

Share with them relevant helplines or mental health resources and let them know that reaching out for support is the first step to feeling better.

Different mental health challenges

Like all of us, our friends may experience life changes that can affect their mental health and well-being. As a friend, we can learn about some of the mental health challenges they may face so that we can better support them.

Self-care matters

Supporting our friends while juggling life’s demands can take a toll on our physical and mental well-being. Ultimately, the lack of self-care will make it more challenging for us to care for our friends.

Practising and prioritising self-care will allow us to recharge and put us in a better state to provide our friends with the support they need. We should not feel guilty about attending to our needs. Refer to these tips on managing stress and emotions to keep ourselves healthy.

Mental health services

Belle, Beyond the Label helpbot, is an interactive platform for users to find mental health resources and services in a private and convenient manner. If you or anyone you know is overwhelmed with stress or anxiety, you may find the help you need via Belle.

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You may also visit here for more mental health resources or download the list of community mental health services including your nearest GP here.

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