Friends can be the first to notice changes in other friends. It may be a change in mood, behaviours or activities. You may notice that your friend seems tired all the time or gets irritated easily. Maybe they’ve stopped hanging out and spend more time alone. Sometimes it’s hard to say what’s different, but you have a sense that something is wrong. Or, maybe they’ve confided in you that they are struggling with their mental health.

Many young people turn to their friends for help if they’re having a problem of any kind. An important part of friendship is knowing how to support a friend.

How Can You Help?

You probably already know some ways to support your friends.   It is a great skill you will use all the way through your life. Think about how your family or your friends have supported you at difficult times or how you’ve been there for someone else in the past.

In this section, you will find tips and ideas for how to support a friend:

  • when you first start to notice changes that concern you
  • as they try to overcome their mental health struggles and learn how to manage
  • to maintain and strengthen their mental wellness (and yours as well!)