Five random acts of kindness to show someone that you’re there for them

It’s normal for people who are having a tough time to feel alone and isolated. Showing someone that you care can do a lot to help lift their mood. We’ve put together five random acts of kindness that can help show somebody you’re there for them.

1. Give them a call

Receiving a phone call during the day to have a chat can let someone know that even though you’re not together, you are thinking of them. Calling just to catch up with someone can instantly brighten their day.

2. Make them a care package

Making someone a care package is an easy way to show kindness and empathy. Care packages don’t have to be expensive to make. For example, it could just be their favourite chocolate and a book. Read our blog for more inspiration about making a low-budget care package.

3. Send them a postcard or letter

Sending a handwritten note, postcard or letter is a lovely way to remind someone that you’re there for them. Taking the time to put pen to paper shows your recipient that you’re thinking about them and can often mean much more than something you’ve spent money on. Letters can help with feelings of loneliness and isolation. Particularly if you write all about the traits you admire about them and how thankful you are to have them in your life.

4. Invite them over and cook dinner

Showing someone you care doesn’t necessarily mean you should be spending lots on lavish gifts and days out. Something as simple as inviting them over, cooking their favourite meal and spending time with them is usually more than enough to show your compassion towards them.

5. Tell them how much you care about them and let them know you’re there whenever they need you

Sometimes the easiest way to show someone you care about them is just to tell them. Whether it’s a text message or in person over a cuppa in the local café, telling someone you’re there for them and how much you appreciate them makes them realise they’re not alone and can rely on your support.

There is a lot of stigma attached to mental health issues and it isn’t always easy for someone to talk about how they are feeling. One of the best things you can do is to let them know you’re there. If you think a loved one is struggling and you don’t know how to help, take a look at our five tips on helping a loved one with their mental health.

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Talking to a child about their mental health

Talking to a child about their mental health can be a difficult subject to raise. A lot of the time, a child may be too young to understand why they might be feeling a certain way or why they might be experiencing different emotions compared to their friends. It can be quite scary for them as well. With the help of Mind, we’ve compiled some tips to help you talk to a child about their mental health in the best way.

 

Start a conversation

Starting a conversation about their mental health shows the child that it is okay to talk about how you’re feeling. Being honest about your own mental health can also help a child open up if they feel the same way. For a child that might be too young to understand their feelings, try to be open and available to answer any questions they might have.

Check and check again

Once you’ve established that your child might not be feeling like their usual self, you should keep a record of their emotional well-being going forward. You can do this by keeping an eye out for unusual behaviour and talking to them regularly about how they are feeling. A simple way of doing this is to offer them a scale question, for example: “on a scale of 1 – 10, how sad are you feeling?”

Establish what they need

If a child is struggling, establish what they might need in order to make things easier. To do this, you can talk about what they may or may not enjoy at school and whether any stress can be eliminated from this. You can also get involved with the activities they enjoy doing and supporting any friendships they have. You should also always remember to respect their privacy if they need their own space.

It can be hard to talk to a child about their mental well-being. If you feel like you need more help, there are plenty of useful contacts you can use or you can talk to a GP. Always remember that your mental health is a priority too, so make sure you’re looking after yourself as well.

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