We all face challenges in their life – that’s normal, but for some people, feelings of sadness and anxiety begin to interfere. These feelings sometimes last for longer than a few weeks and can change the way a people spend their time, this can be anxiety or depression.
Good friends are good for your health. Friends can help you celebrate good times and provide support during bad times. Friends prevent loneliness and give you a chance to offer needed companionship, too. Friends can also increase your sense of belonging and purpose, boost your happiness and reduce your stress, improve your self-confidence and self-worth, help you cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss or the death of a loved one and also encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking or lack of exercise.
Here are some Do's and Don'ts on How To Best Support A Friend from the Beyond Blue website.
Let the person know if you've noticed a change in their behavior.
Encourage them to talk about what’s going on (how they feel, what they’re thinking, what they’re doing differently).
Let them know that you're there to listen without being judgmental.
Suggest they see a doctor or health professional and/or help them to make an appointment.
You could offer to go with them.
Help the person to find information about anxiety and depression from a website or library.
Be the friend you’ve always been. Hang out together. Just being there can really help. Reassure them they are not alone and there is hope that things can get better.
Put pressure on the person by telling them to 'snap out of it' or 'get their act together'.
Stay away or avoid or ignore them.
Tell them they just need to stay busy or get out more.
Feel you need to talk about how they’re feeling all the time.
Pressure them to party more or wipe out how they're feeling with drugs and alcohol.
This artwork by Kymberli Browne from Kymystique, amazing to watch get created... both the models Kazlyn Fae and Shae Arnold came to the studio as an experience shared as friends. After an epic 10 hour paint,I got to take and edit these amazing photos... The love and laughter was very strong on this shoot. Everyone did an awesome job. The Tim Burtonesque design was brilliant... One of my favouritest photoshoots ever.
Artist Kymberli Browne/ Kymystique
Models Kazlyn Fae and Shae Arnold
Photographer Brian William Hadwin / Ochre Imagery Studios
Photo Edit Brian William Hadwin