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Quiz: Signs that someone needs mental health support

It helps to know what sort of signs to look out for when it comes to experiencing mental health issues


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Asking for support when it comes to mental health can be a big step, and it might not always be obvious that someone is having a hard time. Sometimes, things can get quite bad before a person realises that they need help. Take our quiz below on asking for mental health support and learn more about the signs that someone could be going through a hard time.

This quiz is not a self-diagnosing tool - it is just here to help you learn more about this topic. If you think you may be experiencing a mental health difficulty, speak to your GP.

If you would like to talk to someone right now, get anonymous support 24/7 with our text message support service. Connect with a trained volunteer who will listen to you, and help you to move forward feeling better. Free-text SPUNOUT to 50808 to begin.

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Q1. Which of these is a sign that someone may be experiencing a mental health issue?

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All of these symptoms can be a sign that you’re having a hard time and may need to speak to someone. It might not always be obvious that you are struggling, especially when you are caught up with whatever is going on, so checking in with yourself every now and then is a good idea. Find out about other signs that you might need mental health support.

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All of these symptoms can be a sign that you’re having a hard time and may need to speak to someone. It might not always be obvious that you are struggling, especially when you are caught up with whatever is going on, so checking in with yourself every now and then is a good idea. Find out about other signs that you might need mental health support.

Q2. What could it mean if you find yourself eating more than usual?

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If you find yourself overeating, it could be a sign that you are using food as a way to manage feelings of stress or anxiety. However, it’s a good idea to speak to your doctor or a mental health professional instead of trying to diagnose yourself.

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If you find yourself overeating, it could be a sign that you are using food as a way to manage feelings of stress or anxiety. However, it’s a good idea to speak to your doctor or a mental health professional instead of trying to diagnose yourself.

Q3. Which of these is a sign that you could be experiencing a mental health difficulty?

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If you find you are less interested in your hobbies than you used to be, you don’t want to see friends or family, or you struggle to get any enjoyment out of your activities, this could be a sign that you are in need of mental health support.

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If you find you are less interested in your hobbies than you used to be, you don’t want to see friends or family, or you struggle to get any enjoyment out of your activities, this could be a sign that you are in need of mental health support.

Q4. Who can contact a 24/7 support service like 50808?

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24/7 support services are there to listen no matter what this issue is. If you need someone to talk to about something big or small, you can free-text SPUNOUT to 50808 to connect with a trained volunteer, any time of the day or night

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24/7 support services are there to listen no matter what this issue is. If you need someone to talk to about something big or small, you can free-text SPUNOUT to 50808 to connect with a trained volunteer, any time of the day or night

Q5. Where can you go if you want mental health support?

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All of these options can be a good first step when you’re reaching out for support. You can also confide in someone you trust, like a partner, family member, or friend and ask them to help you with getting professional support. Many counselling services can take on clients without a referral, but if you want to know more about services in your area, your GP may be able to advise you. If you don’t feel ready to speak to someone in person, a helpline can help you to get there.

If you’d like to talk to someone right now, free-text SPUNOUT to 50808 to connect with a trained volunteer, any time of the day or night

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All of these options can be a good first step when you’re reaching out for support. You can also confide in someone you trust, like a partner, family member, or friend and ask them to help you with getting professional support. Many counselling services can take on clients without a referral, but if you want to know more about services in your area, your GP may be able to advise you. If you don’t feel ready to speak to someone in person, a helpline can help you to get there.

If you’d like to talk to someone right now, free-text SPUNOUT to 50808 to connect with a trained volunteer, any time of the day or night

Q6. True or false: Drinking more could be a sign that someone is having mental health difficulties

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If someone is drinking more often than they used to, or they are using alcohol as a way to deal with their emotions, this is a sign that they may be having mental health difficulties. Alcohol is a depressant, and can have a negative effect on a person’s mental health

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If someone is drinking more often than they used to, or they are using alcohol as a way to deal with their emotions, this is a sign that they may be having mental health difficulties. Alcohol is a depressant, and can have a negative effect on a person’s mental health

Q7. What impact can drugs have on a person’s mental health?

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Taking drugs as a way to manage difficult emotions can have a negative impact on your mental health. Even if drugs make you feel good in the short-term, long-term effects can make it harder to manage mental health issues, especially if you become dependent. Using drugs to self-medicate is never a good idea. Learn more about the relationship between drugs and mental health here.

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Taking drugs as a way to manage difficult emotions can have a negative impact on your mental health. Even if drugs make you feel good in the short-term, long-term effects can make it harder to manage mental health issues, especially if you become dependent. Using drugs to self-medicate is never a good idea. Learn more about the relationship between drugs and mental health here.

Q8. What is the best thing to do if you feel something is not right?

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No matter what you’re going through, it’s always a good idea to talk to someone if you’re not feeling like yourself. There are people out there who can listen no matter what it is you want to talk about - there is no problem too big or too small. If you’d like to talk to someone right now, text SPUNOUT to 50808 to connect with a trained volunteer, any time of the day or night

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No matter what you’re going through, it’s always a good idea to talk to someone if you’re not feeling like yourself. There are people out there who can listen no matter what it is you want to talk about - there is no problem too big or too small. If you’d like to talk to someone right now, text SPUNOUT to 50808 to connect with a trained volunteer, any time of the day or night

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Not to worry - we have lots of resources to help you learn more about mental health and knowing how to reach out for support.

If you would like to talk to someone right now, get anonymous support 24/7 with our text message support service. Connect with a trained volunteer who will listen to you, and help you to move forward feeling better. Free-text SPUNOUT to 50808 to begin.

Remember, this quiz is not a self-diagnosing tool - it is just here to help you learn more about this topic. If you think you may be experiencing a mental health difficulty, speak to your GP.

Nice work, but there are a few areas you could learn more about. Here are some articles to help you learn more about mental health and knowing how to reach out for support.

If you would like to talk to someone right now, get anonymous support 24/7 with our text message support service. Connect with a trained volunteer who will listen to you, and help you to move forward feeling better. Free-text SPUNOUT to 50808 to begin.

Remember, this quiz is not a self-diagnosing tool - it is just here to help you learn more about this topic. If you think you may be experiencing a mental health difficulty, speak to your GP.

Good job! If you’d like to explore more of this topic, take a look at these articles to help you learn more about mental health and knowing how to reach out for support.

If you would like to talk to someone right now, get anonymous support 24/7 with our text message support service. Connect with a trained volunteer who will listen to you, and help you to move forward feeling better. Free-text SPUNOUT to 50808 to begin.

Remember, this quiz is not a self-diagnosing tool - it is just here to help you learn more about this topic. If you think you may be experiencing a mental health difficulty, speak to your GP.

Great work! If you’d like to explore more of this topic, take a look at these articles to help you learn more about mental health and knowing how to reach out for support.

If you would like to talk to someone right now, get anonymous support 24/7 with our text message support service. Connect with a trained volunteer who will listen to you, and help you to move forward feeling better. Free-text SPUNOUT to 50808 to begin.

Remember, this quiz is not a self-diagnosing tool - it is just here to help you learn more about this topic. If you think you may be experiencing a mental health difficulty, speak to your GP.


Published Novem­ber 26th2020
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