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How To Recognise When Someone Is Struggling With Their Mental Health

Nick Harris-Fry
Monday, September 17, 2018 - 16:20

If someone you know seems to be going through a tough time and struggling with their mental health, it’s only natural that you want to help, but many of us don’t know where to start. How do you know for sure that there is a problem? And what’s the best way to approach it once you are convinced there is? Even if you’re wondering about your own mental health, it’s not always easy to recognise that there’s a problem and how to go about tackling it.

For expert advice on these questions we spoke to Craig Martin, global director of the mental health and suicide prevention program at the Movember Foundation.

How can you tell if someone is struggling with their mental health?

Some common signs include a general sense that they are not their normal selves. Some specific changes to look for include feelings of sadness and hopelessness, increased stress, and a diminished interest in the things and activities they normally enjoy, like hobbies, exercise or outings. They could be sleeping a lot or not very well, going through changes in appetite and weight, or displaying risk-taking behaviour such as...

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