I am concerned about my friends' mental wellbeing, what do I do?

This is a “how-to” guide for understanding and dealing with the warning signs of mental wellbeing

What should I be concerned about?

What are the warning signs?

  • Doesn’t seem to care about anything anymore. Has lost interest in work, sex, hobbies, and other pleasurable activities. Has withdrawn from friends, family, and other social activities.

  • Expresses a bleak or negative outlook on life. Is uncharacteristically sad, irritable, short-tempered, critical, or moody; talks about feeling “helpless” or “hopeless.”

  • Frequently complains of aches and pains such as headaches, stomach problems, and back pain. Or complains of feeling tired and drained all the time.

  • Sleeps less than usual or oversleeps. Has become indecisive, forgetful, disorganized, and “out of it.”

  • Eats more or less than usual, and has recently gained or lost weight.

  • Drinks more or abuses drugs, including prescription sleeping pills and painkillers.
  • This is not an extensive list. Signs tend to differ from person to person and if someone is experiencing some of these it doesn’t mean that there is something wrong.
  • What is mental wellbeing?Read an extensive list

    Where can my friend get help?