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Supporting someone else

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 West Lothian on what mental health difficulties are, how to recognise when someone isn’t doing well and how to talk to and support them.

Let us know what resource works well for you. If you have any other suggestions for our self-help pages, please email westspace@health-in-mind.org.uk.


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.

Factsheet from the Mental Health Foundation about supporting someone with mental health difficulties

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.

Guide to understanding mental health from SAMH

Tips for supporting someone with anxiety from Anxiety UK

ALEC approach from the Movember Project – Four simple steps to help you navigate a conversation with a friend who might be doing it tough.

Helping others with mental health problems from NHS UK    

A guide for those who are worried about someone else from the Samaritans

A guide to helping someone else from Mind

A guide to helping young people with mental health difficulties from Anna Freud    

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.

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