What to do if you are worried about someone

If someone close to you is showing signs of depression this is what you can do to help.

  • Listen to their concerns
    Getting things off their chest may help to ease their immediate stress. Telling them “everything will be ok” or “pull yourself together” is NOT helpful.
  • Be supportive and non-judgemental
    Although you might not be able to provide direct help, offer them comfort and reassurance.
  • Respect their confidence
    Someone who is depressed may have trouble opening up about their problem so it’s important they feel they can trust you.
  • Most importantly, encourage them to seek professional help
    Offer to go with them if they would find it helpful.
  • Take advice yourself on how to help
    Find out more about stress and depression.
  • As a partner or friend, you can advise their GP if you are concerned about their health
    The GP cannot discuss their patient with you but your information might be useful.

If you think someone is in crisis and having suicidal thoughts, please ACT immediately

If you are concerned about someone, asking directly about suicide is not dangerous. It may help save a life. People often find relief in being able to talk openly about their thoughts and feelings of suicide.

  • ASK and ACT
  • Contact their GP and inform them that it is urgent
  • Call the Samaritans on 116 123
    Samaritans provide help and emotional support 24/7 to anyone who needs support. If you are worried about someone, they can give you support too. You do not have to give your name. www.samaritans.org
  • Remove access to chemical stores and guns
    If firearms are involved, call the police. Think about other risk factors you can reduce. This might allow time for the person in crisis to seek the professional help they need and your actions could save a life.
  • Be vigilant
    Try not to leave the person on their own, if possible.
  • Show the person you genuinely care
    Showing you care can often be enough in itself to prevent someone from taking their life in a moment of crisis.

Don’t be afraid to make a phone call or raise your concerns.

Your actions could save a life.