One of my mates is going through a tough time to the point where I got a bit scared a few days ago. He’s been in a bit of a rough spot with his mental health and a relationship that was making that worse. There have been the emotional posts on social media, the motivational posts trying to be positive and all the things that we see when people are struggling.

I’ve been keeping in touch and making sure he’s ok but we aren’t best mates or anything and I don’t want to interfere. I hadn’t heard from him in a couple of days and then he messaged saying he’d been in hospital so I of course thought the worst. Thankfully I was wrong.

It turns out there is a medical issue that is likely to be contributing to the mental health issues and it’s now being monitored and treated. Thank goodness. He also has a fantastic housemate who is keeping an eye on him and I’m sure his other good mates are too but I’m feeling a bit helpless.

How, in a social distancing, pandemic world do we look after people who are feeling vulnerable? I’m sure this qualifies as essential contact but I’m also probably not the person to be barging in and interfering. It’s a strange time. In the meantime I’m going to just keep messaging and calling. It’s literally the least I could do but you have to look after mates.