How to help someone you see struggling

One in five Australian adults experience a mental illness every year, and about 45 per cent of Australian adults will be affected by a mental illness at some time in their life.

When someone is experiencing emotional struggles, it can impact their work-life by a decrease in engagement and, more seriously, lead to accidents. If left unchecked, it could also lead to more severe conditions like anxiety, depression, and even worse, suicidal thoughts. We must learn how to address these situations and break down the stigma, enabling people to get the professional help they deserve. [1]

In 2019 national omnibus survey revealed that approximately 63% of people are unsure of the signs to look out for that would indicate that someone is struggling, while 41% of people hadn't checked in with someone to see if they were okay as they weren't sure they knew the signs. The good thing is that 49% believed that they'd be more confident starting a conversation if they knew the characters. [2]

What are some of the signs?

When we know the person, we can notice a change in their behaviour and habits. Not knowing someone so well can be slightly more difficult. Here are some things to look out for: