2. What does ‘being there’ for someone involve?
4. Try to create a support network
5. How often should I check in with them?
6. Getting additional help for someone
7. Looking after yourself
Supporting someone who is struggling can be distressing - especially if that person is in danger of taking their own life or harming themselves.
It’s important for you to make sure you’re okay too. Give yourself time to rest and process what’s happened. Remember that it’s okay to decide that you are no longer able to help someone and to let them know you won’t be contactable for a while.
If you need to talk about how you are feeling, please call Samaritans on 116 123, or email on [email protected].
If possible, it can be helpful to help establish a support network - of friends, family, mental health professionals, or other agencies or community members - for the person struggling.