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Being there for someone is an art, not a science. There’s no formula or instruction manual because every situation is different.


Be There Basics will help you learn how to recognize when someone might be struggling with their mental health and gives you 5 Golden Rules to help you support and be there for them.

Recognizing warning signs

We all experience less than optimal mental health now and then; whether that’s because of fear, sadness, stress, confusion, grief, or some other kind of mental distress.

What’s important is to recognize when the mental distress you or someone around you is experiencing becomes a mental health problem.


Someone may be struggling with their mental health if you notice a change in their thoughts, feelings and behaviours that is:

(stronger and more persistent than usual ups and downs)
(usually two weeks or more)
Negatively affecting 
their daily routine, relationships or responsibilities

Just Be There


No matter what someone’s going through, being there for them is an art, not a science.
There’s no formula to make everything better. But that’s not your job. You don’t have to craft the perfect conversation, you don’t have to have it all figured out.  You don’t have to fix things, you just have to Be There.

Maddi & Rachel

Learning to Be There

Maddi & Rachel

The Golden Rules

If you’re concerned someone’s mental distress is more than the regular ups and downs of life, use Be There’s Golden Rules to check in with them and talk about what’s going on.

The Golden Rules can’t tell you exactly what to do to support someone because every person and situation is different. Instead, the Golden Rules are a guide to understanding how to be there in whatever circumstances you find yourself.

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