When supporting someone with a mental health difficulty it can be hard to know how to talk to them or how to best be there for them – even with the people closest to us.
On this page, you can find factsheets, tips and information and services available in Edinburgh on what mental health difficulties are, how to recognise when someone isn’t doing well and how to talk to and support them.
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This factsheet from the Mental Health Foundation can help you understand what it is like to have mental health difficulties and how to recognise them in the people around you.
Tips and information
Here you will find tips and information to help you understand what someone might be going through and how to talk to them about their mental health.
ALEC approach from the Movember Project – Four simple steps to help you navigate a conversation with a friend who might be doing it tough.
If you are a carer for someone with mental health difficulties, have a look at our self-help page for unpaid carers
If you would like to know more, check out our self-help page on information on mental health difficulties.
If you are looking for local support, please go to our service directory to find out what services and projects are available to you.