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Support systems


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Sarah Taryam, Arts Editor

In the busy, ever-connected, instant-everything world we live in today, mental health issues are on the rise. People are definitely talking about mental health more and we at Panorama are dedicated to raising awareness on this topic on a weekly basis. This week we take a look at what to do when someone we love is suffering with their mental health.

It is difficult to watch a loved one in pain, whether it be a sibling, a parent, a spouse or a friend. When that pain is mental anguish, it can be even more difficult. Firstly, they may not be open to talking about it. If they do talk about it, it can sometimes be difficult to know what to say and do. We all want to be supportive to a loved one who needs us.  

Knowing the signs and symptoms of depression is really important. If you notice that someone you care about has become withdrawn, is suffering with mood swings or even has a change in appetite, these can all be signs of anxiety and depression. A key symptom is lack of motivation. So, if you notice that your active friend who goes jogging with you every evening is suddenly cancelling and not interested, chances are they could be suffering from a mood disorder.

You might be able to help your loved one by offering to listen to their problems. You might even want to suggest that they seek therapy to work through their issues. It is all about support at the end of the day and making sure that your loved one knows they are not alone.

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