Are you worried about your mental health or about someone else? The information in this section explains what you can do when concerned for yourself or others.

There are lots of things in life that are difficult and upsetting. Challenges such as losing a job, money worries or everyday stress can make us feel alone, angry, tired or withdrawn. These feelings are normal and usually pass, but if they don’t go away they can be a sign of a mental health problem.

Changes to how you think, feel and act often gradually appear. However, it is important to get support as soon as you think there is a problem. You can also do practical things, every day, that are good for your mental health – sometimes, the little things can make a big difference.

If you are worried about your mental health (or someone else’s):

Signs that might indicate a mental health problem

  • Withdrawal from friends, family, work, sport or other things that are usually enjoyable.

  • A major change in mood or inappropriate responses to certain situations.

  • Disturbed sleep – either not getting enough sleep or sleeping too much.

  • Disturbed eating patterns – either eating less than normal or overeating.

  • Pre-occupation and obsession about a particular issue.

  • Lack of care for personal appearance or personal responsibilities.

  • A drop in performance or participation at work, at school or with hobbies.

  • Doing things that don’t make sense to others, or hearing or seeing things that nobody else can hear or see.

  • Read more about reasons to seek help for a mental health problem.