We don’t know any details about you or the person you are seeking to support, so we can’t be specific with you, but you will find here some general guidance and suggestions to review. Please first take note of the following important information about the guidance provided here, by pressing the button.
We also want you to be safe online, so here is a link to the SAMARITANS resources that specifically covers “Guidance on staying safe online, co-designed by young people with lived experience of self-harm and suicidal feelings and experience of supporting others at risk”.
You are here because you are concerned about someone as a friend.
There are many things you can do to help them.
Below you will find information about resources and teams that can really help you to help them. Just as the person in difficulty will respond to and value different forms of information so will you. So we have therefore categorised these as teams that you can talk to; things you can read; things you can listen to; things you can watch; things you can suggest they do and mobile apps that can help you. We also include all the websites we reference throughout our website.
However you decide to support this person, we would always urge you to advise them to talk to someone, it’s Why Talking Fixes. Talking with someone who is there to support them can guide them most effectively to positive solutions and positive outcomes.
Oh and don’t forget yourself too. It’s a difficult time for you too, so we have also included some resources to help you go about helping yourself. Click the button below.
We would always urge you to encourage them to talk to someone too – it’s Why Talking Fixes. Please tell them that talking with someone who is there to support them can guide them most effectively to positive solutions and positive outcomes.
We don’t know exactly how they feel but some of these reading materials may help you to help them.
Have a read of these
Click the bookmark below to see a list of other reading options that may be of value covering: ‘Suicidal thoughts‘, ‘Listening‘, as well as General advice and specific scenarios such as ‘Supporting someone who self harms’.
It also includes some recommended books to read.
We don’t know exactly how they feel but some of these listening materials may help you to help them.
Have a listen to these
Click the headphones below to see more options that may be of value covering: ‘Suicidal thoughts‘.
It also includes useful Podcast sites.
We don’t know exactly how they feel but some of these video resources below may help you to help them.
Take a look at these
5 tips to help you deal with your friend’s mental illness
Supporting someone with a mental health problem
Starting a conversation when you are worried about them
Click the video icon below to see more videos that may be of value covering: ‘Suicidal thoughts‘, ‘Coping techniques‘, as well as General help and specific scenarios such as ‘Self harm’.
We don’t know exactly how they feel but some of these groups or activities may be useful to recommend to them.
Join in one of these
There are many societies and groups that they can join or things that they can do to get active and get out. For us here in Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire look at the following that you may be able to suggest to them to inspire them (for other locations you will need to do some research on the internet for options in your local area).
Click the images below to see documents with groups, organisations and clubs listed with their purpose and contact details.
If you know of any other groups, clubs, organisations or activities that you would recommend then do let us know (use our Contact us form) so that we can review them and add them to the list.
Things to do in Derby and Derbyshire
Things to do in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
Apps for mobile phones/tablets that can help you
The Check-in app was designed by Beyond Blue and Two Bulls in consultation with young people to help take the fear out of having a conversation with a friend who might be struggling.
This app provides building blocks for how you would approach your friend and gives you a confidence boost to know what to do if your friend does need support.
Here are websites that we reference throughout our site (and more).
If relevant to you please go and visit their websites.
The organisations’ websites that we reference throughout our site are shown in the desktop versions of our website. To see the images/logos and to be able to click through to an organisation’s website please view this page on our WTF website on your windows/Mac desktop.
We would like to acknowledge our appreciation to these organisations for their fantastic work and permission to reference them.
On your mobile, please see the CAMHS website referenced below.
Websites we referenced
Below are the websites we have referenced and signposted throughout our own website. We would like to acknowledge our appreciation to these organisations for their fantastic work and permission (where requested) to reference them.
Click any of the images/logos below to go through to their websites.
On tablet please use landscape view to see the images/logos of the organisations.
This is a difficult time for you as you are seeking to help someone who you feel needs some support and guidance.
If you’re supporting someone make time for yourself (have a bath and lock the door so you’re not disturbed, do some baking, read a book, phone a friend) get some fresh air whenever you can eat regular meals and drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel like it. You need to be physically well yourself to be able to help anyone else
Here are some resources that give very good advice on how you can look after yourself too at this difficult time. Whilst their focus may be on a particular situation, the advice given is valuable for many different types of situations that you may be dealing with.
Remember, “you cannot pour from an empty cup” (Jo Garvey)
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Just need to let you know that all materials referenced below are to help you to help yourself or to help you to help someone else and that Will Garvey Trust Foundation cannot be responsible for their content or use. Here we provide links (signposts) for you, for example to other websites, videos and podcasts provided by other organisations and groups. Please use the information and resources responsibly and review any policies or disclaimers applicable at the referenced sites.
Just need to let you know that all materials referenced below are to help you to help someone and that Will Garvey Trust Foundation cannot be responsible for their content or use. Here we provide links (signposts) for you, for example to other websites, videos and podcasts provided by other organisations and groups. Please use the information and resources responsibly and review any policies or disclaimers applicable at the referenced sites.