Mental Health

How do I know if me or my friends need help?

If you find yourself feeling down, anxious, and upset you may need help.

These signs of depression and anxiety are common indicators that you, or your friend, might need help:

Sadness or hopelessness.
Irritability, anger, or hostility.
Tearfulness or frequent crying.
Withdrawal from friends and family.
Loss of interest in activities.
Changes in eating and sleeping habits.

How can I help my friend?

Knowing how to help your friend can be hard. You can see that they are struggling, but you are scared of getting it wrong, making it worse, or losing your friendship.

The worst thing you can do is nothing.                                                             

Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Talk to them about it – they might be waiting for a chance to get how they are feeling off their chest.
  • Remind them that you are there for them – Not just once, do it consistently.
  • Talk to a trusted adult – if nothing else is working or you are worried about your friends safety talking to an adult is important. Your friend might be mad, but in the long run they will thank you.
  • Offer to go with them to seek help – they might be too shy to do it alone, or be worrying that no one will take them seriously. You being there might make them comfortable enough to accept help.

So you have a friend who is struggling and your not sure what to say?

This video is for when you want to talk to your friend and make sure they are ok, you’ve even figured out how to bring it up, but you have no idea what to say.

Getting help

Having a conversation

If you think your friend may be depressed, or that something is wrong, you need to have a conversation.  This video gives some great advice on how to bring up the issue.                                                        

So you had a conversation with a friend that you’re worried about, and it didn’t go so well. What now?

It is important to keep trying and to keep reminding them that you care. If you are unsure how to do this then this video may provide you with some helpful pointers.

Headspace – 1800 650 890
Get facts, stories, and tools to help. If you need to, Headspace offers an e-councelling service so you can talk it out.

Lifeline -13 11 14
Get crisis support and suicide prevention assistance.

BeyondBlue – 1300 22 4636
BeyondBlue will help you understand mental health issues and give you mechanisms to cope with them.

Children of Parents With a Mental Illness
If your parent suffers from a mental illness this site may be able to provide some guidance as to how you can help.

Blackdog Institute
Blackdog provides online self-help plans.

An information archive for teens, filled with everything you need to arm you in facing life’s issues.

Mind Health Connect
An easy place to find mental health and wellbeing information.

QLife provides nation-wide, early intervention, peer supported telephone and web based services to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people of all ages.

Mental Health Online
Mental Health Online provides online information, assessment, referral and treatment for mental health problems.


If you are having suicidal thoughts or suspect one of your friends is please visit our


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