The national charity Rethink Mental Illness is launching a brand new campaign in Bristol today, urging Bristolians to learn a few basic tips to help them support someone facing a mental health emergency.
The Mental Health SOS campaign is designed to arm people in Bristol with tips and practical advice on what they can do if faced with situations such as someone harming themselves or hearing voices.
The charity is offering everyone in Bristol a free training pack - SOS Your starter guide to mental health which outlines different types of mental health scenarios you might be faced with and some basic steps you can take to help.
A recent survey by the charity of people living in Bristol found that 75% know someone with a mental illness but roughly 1 in 3 (30%) say they wouldn't know what to do if faced with a mental health emergency, such as a friend feeling suicidal.
Sarah Defrates, 45, from Westbury Park in Bristol, was diagnosed with mild bipolar disorder in her early 40s. Sarah manages her condition with three psychotherapy sessions a week and a close network of friends and family who support her.
The actress Stephanie Cole, best known for her roles in Waiting for God and Coronation Street, grew up in Bristol and is backing the campaign.
It's an issue close to her heart, as her brother has schizophrenia.
As well as advertising the campaign on billboards across Bristol, Rethink Mental Illness will be holding a public event on 23rd October from 10am to 4pm in the Neptune Statue area.
There will be copies of the guide available and staff from the charity will offer information on mental health.
Local volunteer activists for the charity will also be handing out leaflets across the city during the campaign.
Rethink Mental Illness has two services in Bristol, supporting around 400 people a day.
After launching in Bristol, the charity is planning to roll the campaign out to other parts of the UK next year.
For more information, visit the Rethink Mental Illness website.
And you can watch Eli-Louise Wringe's interview with Sarah Defrates below: