Short list of 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 Has withdrawn from friends, family, and other social activities.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.

For more information – you can visit the NHS Mental Health support page. It has a range of support, clinical information and guidance for using and referring to primary and secondary mental health care services as well as having a postcode search for local mental health services

What is mental wellbeing?
What to do and not to do if you are concerned about someone?
What kind of support can I offer?

Source: Jeanne Segal, Ph.D. in collaboration with Harvard University