Mental Health 101

Signs of mental health problems

People may notice the following day-to-day warning signs if a friend, family member or colleague is experiencing mental health problems:

    changes in eating or sleeping patterns
    changes in mood (feeling sad, irritable or extremely high or low)
    difficulties coping with stress, daily problems or activities
    difficulty concentrating
    changes in appearance
    excessive fears, worries and anxieties
    withdrawn (i.e., spending more time alone, or avoiding others and social activities)
    feeling tired or having low energy or motivation
    difficulty managing usual responsibilities
    excessive weight gain or loss
    having strange beliefs not based in reality (delusions)
    hearing or seeing things that aren’t there (hallucinations)

These are only examples of signs you may be concerned about. It’s important not to judge or stereotype people based on these signs, or any other possible indicators of mental health. Instead, if you are concerned about a friend, colleague or family member, reach out: ask how they feel and how you can help.

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