How to give support
Being distressed can make you feel you have little control over your life. You may feel alone in the world – or that any attempt to get your life back on track seems hopeless. This is where it can help to have support – an empathetic listener – someone who can reassure and encourage us – and who can give us their undivided attention.
When people are mentally upset, their behaviour can be unpredictable. For example, they may:
become angry and frightened or aggressive
seem so depressed that you’re afraid they will harm themselves
refuse to accept that their behaviour is in any way unusual
behave in embarrassing or unacceptable ways
find themselves unable to cope with day-to-day life
behave in a hostile manner towards you.
Some ways you can help