Helping others with a Mental Health Problem. Approximately 1 in 5 people in Northern Ireland will experience a mental health problem at any one time.
The other 4 will have a friend, family member or colleague who will. Talking with friends and loved ones about their problems is never easy. Often they don’t want to talk. Sometimes they do, and we just don’t realise. When they do start talking, it can be difficult to know how to respond. If a problem is really bad, what can we say? Every situation is different, and there are no definitive answers. It can be as simple as getting them to talk about what’s happening and listening to their problems and worries. It is important that we look out for each other and this leaflet aims to help you to ask, listen and talk to someone you know who may be experiencing a mental health illness or mental health problem.