Wellbeing advice for friends and family

Your friend or family member's wellbeing is probably your priority when they are going through a tough time. However, it is important to make time for your own wellbeing.

It can be difficult to remember to look after yourself if you are going through personal difficulties or family problems. Try out some of our suggestions or take a look at the links below - hopefully you'll find something that helps you feel a little better. 

It's really important to look after yourself - it's not selfish. In order to support someone you love, you need to make sure you are taking care of yourself too.

Stay connected

If you are experiencing personal difficulties or family problems, then having someone to talk to can really help. Sharing your worries and fears could lead to the right support for you and your friends or family.

Stay healthy

It's really important you try to get plenty of sleep, eat healthy foods and stay active.

Keep the conversation going

If you are worried about a loved one, you could find out a bit more about what is happening in their life. Starting open and honest conversations will help them to feel more confident talking to you. If they are struggling with something you can’t help with straight away, reassure them that you’re going to look into it and try your best to help. 

Take some time for yourself

Day to day life can be tiring. You can find you gradually stop doing things that you enjoy. Please don't feel guilty for making time for yourself. Your happiness is important too. 

The five ways to wellbeing

The NHS has developed a five-step plan to improve your wellbeing. You can involve your friend or family member with this too. Read more about the five ways to wellbeing here.

Further support

If your loved one has a problem with alcohol or drugs, there are services and groups that can help you too. 

Search our services 

Speak to someone online

Speaking to someone about their drinking or drug use


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