Evidence shows that good relationships - with family, friends and your community - is important for your mental health.

Take the first step

We often think that we have busy lives or we may be reluctant to contact friends and family because we assume they have busy lives too. And this may be true, but it is often possible to make some time in your day or week to catch up. It’s all too easy to put it off and then find that we have lost contact. Re-ignite relationships with friends and family by taking the first step. They might also be feeling the same way and someone has to make the first move so let it be you.

Make contact

The best way to spend time with friends and family is catching up face to face. But that's not always possible and it shouldn't stop you from keeping in touch. Give them a call, send a text or chat with them online. Once you have made contact, plan to meet up in person when possible and remember to keep calling, texting or chatting regularly.

Good friends and loved ones will always be there for each other. You don't have to cope on your own all the time. You don’t have to be strong and struggle on alone. Family and friends can’t always know when we need a helping hand, perhaps they don’t realise and you need to ask. Talking to friends and family can help, even when you don’t feel like being in touch with anyone. 

If you have no family or friends living nearby or you have lost touch over the years, this can be a source of distress and loneliness. Don’t be afraid to get in touch, even if it’s been a long time. Pick up the phone, send a text, write a letter or email them. The good news is that others benefit from your call too!

Find out more about how family and friends can help when you have a mental health worry.

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