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How to spot when someone needs help

It isn't always easy to recognise when someone needs support. If you think a friend or family member might be struggling, ask how they are - then ask again, because often we say we're fine when we're not. These websites include useful information to help you spot when someone might need a listening ear:

How to spot when someone needs help

How to start a chat and what to say

It can be difficult to know what to say to someone who's having a tough time. How do you start the conversation? And what do you say if they do open up to you? These websites include useful tips and tools to help:

What to say

How to listen

How often do you really listen to others? We're often distracted by our own thoughts, or eager to jump in to offer advice and share our own experiences. These tips can help:

Where to signpost them

If someone is struggling, they may need some professional support. You might encourage them to talk to:

  • Their GP

  • Connection: Dorset's 24/7 mental health helpline - 0800 652 0190

  • One of the many other organisations listed in our How to find support section

How to listen
Where to sigpost them

Training opportunities

A number of different organisations provide free and subsidised training in suicide awareness and mental health:

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