Spotting the Signs

Being able to spot and recognise the symptoms of someone’s poor mental health is important. The ability to spot someone’s poor mental health is an extremely valuable trait to have. Aside from giving you the opportunity to offer support to your friends and colleagues, it’ll likely make a positive impact on your own mental health. Mental health is different for each individual person.


Symptoms can vary from person to person. However, there are a few common traits that you can recognise. It might not be anything serious but there’s always the chance someone might be suffering. This is why if you do recognise something in a friend or colleague, you should always ask if they’re okay.

Physical signs:

Living with poor mental health issues can affect you in a variety of different ways. Whilst most people will think the symptoms of mental illnesses are psychological, there is also a wide range of physical signs you can spot. The physical symptoms are often solely brought on by mental conditions. Some of the main symptoms are:


  • Speaking or moving slower than usual
  • Fluctuation in weight
  • Loss of appetite
  • Trouble sleeping




Like I stated earlier, most people associate mental illnesses with psychological symptoms. The word psychological is defined as “of, affecting, or arising in the mind; related to the mental and emotional state of a person” by Google. The keyword in that definition is mental. People associate mental illnesses with psychological symptoms because they link directly. So what are the psychological symptoms you might be able to spot in your friends, family and colleagues? They are as follows:


  • Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities
  • Inability to cope with daily problems or stress
  • Problems with alcohol or drug use
  • Major changes in eating habits


If you see any of these symptoms in your friends, family or colleagues, please make a conscious effort to see if they’re okay. No one really knows what is going on in someone’s personal life unless you ask them.


Interested in finding out more about Mental Health? Why not enrol on our L2 Awareness of Mental Health course where you’ll develop an understanding of relevant law & regulation, specific mental health problems, how to work or interact with individuals suffering from poor mental health, and identify support services or techniques to foster positive mental health.


If you’re struggling with mental illness, the following websites are available for you to get the help you deserve: