How to help a friend who is struggling with low mood at university

There are meaningful ways that we can encourage and comfort someone who is dealing with low mood by supporting them in a way that helps them feel better connected and assured.

In this mental health infographic we provide advice on how to help a friend who is struglling with low mood at University.

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  1. Regularly check in with them and ask them if there is anything you can do that will be helpful for them.
  2. Make sure they are looking after their physical health (e.g. eating a well balanced diet and getting a good amount of sleep each night).
  3. Encourage and support them to be active. Go for a walk with them or engage in some exercise together.
  4. Learn and practise some coping tools with them which can help to calm the mind and body. For example breathing techniques or mindfulness.
  5. Connect with them on a regular basis and support them to stay connected to their friends and family.
  6. Help your friend to plan their week and organise them to schedule in activities that provide them with a sense of pleasure and achievement.
  7. Encourage them to seek out extra support from university counsellors, their GP or a local mental health charity.
  8. Be kind, caring and understanding. Be there to support and listen to them.
  9. Make sure your friend is taking time to relax and engage in some self-care. Identify some helpful strategies together.
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