Because we are unable to see mental illnesses from the outside, we never know how someone is really feeling on the inside. A sentence repeated too many times nowadays is “they never looked depressed, they always looked so happy” or “they didn’t have a reason to be depressed” – a sentence sadly that is always said when it’s too late.

If mental illnesses were as visible as a broken leg or a black eye, everyone as a nation would be more inclined to help. It is easier nowadays for people to hide everything with a smile or a laugh.

This is why it is so important to always keep in touch with friends and family especially when they are going through darker times. Just a single message, phone call or coffee could change everything.

Reach out to that friend you haven’t spoken to in a while because she hasn’t turned up to the last couple of meet ups.

Reach out to your cousin that has typed out a string of sad Tweets or Facebook updates.

Reach out to your brother who has shut himself out from the world and is struggling to find the energy to get out of bed in the morning.

It only takes a couple of minutes out of your day to reach out to someone – you never know this could be the first contact they have had in months!

Look after yourself.

Look after your friends.

Look after your family.

If you or someone you know is struggling call Samaritans, they are open 24/7 all day every day! https://www.samaritans.org/