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How to Offer Support to a Loved One Struggling with Mental Health

How to Offer Support to a Loved One Struggling with Mental Health

Mental health struggles can be difficult to detect and understand, but they are a common experience for many people. Mental health issues can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or background. If you suspect that someone you care about is struggling with their mental health, there are ways that you can offer support.

How to Spot Mental Health Struggles

Here are some signs to look out for when someone is struggling with mental health:
Changes in mood ​
If someone is experiencing significant changes in their mood, such as feeling sad, anxious, or irritable, it could be a sign that they are struggling with mental health.
Changes in behaviour ​​
If someone is behaving in a way that is not typical for them, such as withdrawing from social situations, avoiding activities they once enjoyed, or engaging in risky behaviours, it could be a sign that they are struggling with their mental health.
Check out this clip of an interview with Pamela Young, Registered Psychotherapist and Clinical Director of Harbour Hope Centre, where she discusses how to tell if someone is struggling with their mental health:
Changes in physical health ​​​
Physical symptoms such as fatigue, changes in appetite or weight, or difficulty sleeping can be signs that someone is experiencing mental health struggles.
Difficulty concentrating ​​​
If someone is having difficulty concentrating or is having trouble with memory, it could be a sign that they are struggling with their mental health.
Substance use ​​​
If someone is turning to drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with their mental health struggles, it could be a sign that they need support.

How To Offer Support

If you notice any of these signs in someone you care about, it is important to approach the situation with care and compassion. Here are some ways that you can support them:
Listen without judgment ​​​
Let the person know that you are there for them and that you are willing to listen to what they have to say without judgment.
Offer practical support ​​​
Help them with practical tasks such as running errands or preparing meals.
Watch this interview clip with Pamela Young as she shares practical tips and other ways to offer support for someone who is struggling with mental health:
Encourage them to seek professional help ​​​
Encourage them to seek help from a mental health professional, and offer to help them find resources if needed.
Provide emotional support ​​​
Let the person know that you care about them and that they are not alone in their struggles.
Take care of yourself ​​​
Supporting someone with mental health struggles can be challenging, so it is important to prioritize your own mental health and well-being.


In conclusion, detecting mental health struggles and supporting someone through it can be challenging, but it’s an essential step towards recovery. By being aware of the signs of mental health struggles, and offering care and support, you can help someone navigate through the challenges and find a way towards better mental health.

About Pamela Young

Pamela has been on a mission for over 30 years to help people become the best version of themselves. She’s a Registered Psychotherapist, Clinical director of Harbour Hope Centre, Certified Business Coach, and Supervisor, but let’s not get bogged down with titles – she’s passionate about empowering people to grow mentally, socially, and emotionally to their full potential. If you’re ready to make positive changes in your life, start today with Hope Harbour Centre. Their online psychotherapy and coaching sessions are just what you need to start feeling better, happier, and more fulfilled.

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