Look After Your Mate

Often starting a conversation with a friend is the first step to supporting them.

We know that most students talk to their friends when they are having a tough time. We can talk to friends in confidence and they help us to keep challenges in perspective. Friendship can play a key role in helping someone live with or recover from any difficulties they are facing. But it can be hard to know what to say when a friend is struggling. We will be running courses this semester, and will be updating the information once dates have been determined!

Run by SU Advice & Support in conjunction with Student Minds Bath, our ‘Look After Your Mate’ workshop gives tips and tools to support a friend in need.

The workshop includes:

  • Key practical tips for supporting a friend
  • Spotting signs your friend is struggling
  • How to start a conversation
  • How to support a friend: listening and motivating
  • Signposting to further support
  • Looking after your own wellbeing as a supporter

This workshop is open to anyone who wants to learn more about supporting someone experiencing mental health difficulty, whether there is a specific person in mind or you would like to know for the future.

You may also be interested in our Supporting Supporters Workshops. These offer more detailed support for those wanting to learn more about supporting someone who self-harms or who is experiencing an eating disorder. You can find out more about those by following the links in the navigation.

This workshop has been developed by Student Minds.