Episode 7: Worrying about Someone you Love
This episode was created for you by Shout 85258
“Caring about other people is what makes us human. But I try to separate healthy worry and unhealthy worry when I think about people I love.” – Alexis Caught, mental health advocate and ambassador for Shout 85258.
It very normal and completely understandable to be worrying about the people you love at the moment. In today’s episode of 60 Second Support, Alexis and Shout share their tips on separating healthy and unhealthy worry, and how you can support your friends and family in a way that is healthy for you.
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Transcript for Episode 7
VO: 60 Second Support
Professor Green: I’m Professor Green, bringing you help and advice from some amazing people during the coronavirus pandemic.
Caring for each other has never been more important, and it’s something that the mental health advocate and supporter of Shout 85258-Alexis Caught-knows all about. Because at times like these, worrying about other people is a natural emotion.
Alexis Caught: Caring about other about people is what makes us human. But I try to separate healthy worry and unhealthy worry when I think about people I love.
It’s OK to want to check in and make sure they’re doing alright – that’s healthy. But unhealthy worry is when you start feeling anxious about other people and things you can’t control.
That’s the first step I always take to overcoming unhealthy worry. Understand the things you can do to help them-like giving them a call or sending them a message-rather than trying to fix things you can’t.
And don’t be afraid to ask the person you love how they’d like to be helped – if at all. For some people, the thought of another person worrying only makes the situation worse.
VO: 60 Second Support with Heads Together… supported by the Audio Content Fund.
Professor Green: For more help and advice visit headstogether.org.uk