Winter blues

Helping a friend feel happier

It's easy to feel low at this time of year. If you're worried about a friend, here are a few things you can do to help them feel better this January.

1. Just be there

Sometimes all your friend might need is someone to sit with. Spend time with them and listen, or try talking about something completely different to usual to take their mind off day-to-day worries. 

2. Talk about things they’re looking forward to

Has your friend got any exciting plans for later in the year? Talk about those more often and remind them that it's not far away. Perhaps suggest little things they can do to prepare for those plans.

3. Explore

We bet there's at least five places in the city that you haven't been to yet. Take a day to explore with your friend, it doesn't have to cost money and new experiences can help to give a new perspective. 

4. Encourage them to make a change

Do you see a change your friend could make that would make them happier? Empower them to make that change. Sometimes all people need is a little nudge in the right direction and they can start looking at life in a different way. 

5. Tell them where to find help

If you feel as though your friend should seek professional help, direct them towards speaking to their GP or the University's wellbeing service. If your friend needs urgent help, call the Samaritans on 116 123. 


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