Sometimes, it will seem obvious when a friend or family member is going through a difficult time.
However, being able to spot the signs of poor mental health can allow you to respond and support your loved one, and perhaps encourage them to seek further help. Here are four common signs and symptoms of someone struggling with their mental health:
1. Finding it hard to cope with daily life
A person may feel overwhelmed with day-to-day life and find it difficult to manage everyday tasks, such as cooking a meal or cleaning their home.
2. Significant changes in personality or emotion
Is your loved one showing uncharacteristic emotions such as anxiety or anger? Have they lost interest or enjoyment in things they used to like?
3. Social withdrawal and isolation
Many people experiencing mental health problems become more isolated and withdrawn, choosing to spend time alone over socialising with friends and family.
4. Lack of concern over their own health and wellbeing
Mental health problems can cause people to lose concern over their appearance or personal hygiene, and can sometimes cause exaggerated behaviour such as excessive eating or drinking, or abnormal sleeping hours.