When it comes to discussing Mental Wellbeing, it can seem pretty daunting to some people at the thought of speaking out loud about issues they’re facing. With all the things going on in the world right now and lockdown 2.0 here for the foreseeable, things might be a little sh*tty to say the least. Sometimes people don’t really want to talk about their problems (which is cool) but the majority of the time, they do want to share but don’t know how to start the conversation or who to turn too.

You don’t have to be a certified psychologist or a doctor to help with someone struggling. Just a few small words can make a huge difference. Whether that person is ready to have a chat about how they’re feeling or not, knowing you’re there when they’re ready can be all they need at the time.

If you see one of your flatmates, friends, partner or a family member feeling low here are 5 tips on how to get over the awkwardness and get talking.

1. “Are you okay?” Ask the question and mean it.

Maybe it’s best to have this chat out of sight of others. Put on the kettle, make a brew and see if they need a shoulder. If you can’t physically see them, drop them a DM or a text. That message can mean a lot (more than you think).

2. “I’ve noticed that…”

Just gently acknowledging something you’ve notice (maybe it’s a change in their demeanour or appetite). Being there with a a helping and could be the calling they needed to hear. For example, “I’ve noticed you haven’t been yourself recently, is there anything I can do?” come up with a thoughtful suggestion on whatever the matter is and see what you can do to make them more at ease.

3. “ I can 100% understand where you’re coming from”.

If you want someone to open up to you, it can be nice to share your own feelings. Maybe you can share something you’ve been worrying about lately throughout the lockdown. With this being such a huge burden on so many people, they might be thinking they can’t talk about it. You know, we know, they need to talk about it, let them know it’s always a judgement-free zone.

4. “Is there anything I can do?”

You might not think there’s much you can do trust us, there is. Even if it’s simply just going for a stroll in the park with them. They might not want to talk right now but having a friendly face by their side can mean the world to someone struggling.

5. “I know someone you can talk to if you need any advice”

Don’t push the subject but if they are up for speaking to someone there are many charities out there. Check out our Mental Health 101 Blog for a list of amazing charities that are more than happy to help.