Frequently asked questions and how you can address them.
Q. I have noticed a change in my friend’s behaviour. He seems more down than usual and doesn’t appear to want to spend time with his mates anymore. What should I do?
A. It is important that you let your friend know that you are worried about him. He may not realise his actions and may find it difficult to open up. By letting him know you are there for him, he knows he has the option of talking to you about his problems. Click here for some tips about what to say.
Q. My sister has recently been diagnosed with a mental illness. Where can I find out more information so that I can understand it better?
A. We have published helpful information here. We also have details on some of the different types of mental illnesses.
Q. I am worried that my friend is thinking about taking his own life. I’m not sure, though, and I don’t want to ask him in case it puts the thought into his head. What should I do?
A. It can be very frightening to realise that someone close to you has thought about suicide. Simply asking the question "Are you having suicidal thoughts?" won't give someone the idea. These generally develop slowly over time and after a series of difficulties in life. By asking the question, you are acknowledging their distress and giving them an opportunity to talk.