When it comes to mental health, we all have good days and bad days. And on our bad days we just need some extra support. We need someone to be there. For the person offering support, it’s natural to want to give advice and try to fix the things but that’s not usually what’s helpful. What is helpful is just being there; showing you care about them, listening to them etc.
Be There explains that you’ll know if someone is struggling if you see changes in their thoughts, feelings and behaviours that are intense, long-lasting and having a negative impact on their day to day life. If someone you know is struggling, there are 5 Golden Rules that you can follow to be there for them. They are Say What You See, Show You Care, Hear Them Out, Know Your Role, and then Connect to Help.
You can use one or more of these rules in whatever way makes sense. Be There can teach you how to use them in everyday situations.