Mental Health Week 2018 - How to get help?
Asking for help...
We all need a little help at times in life ,But it can be difficult to know how, or who, to ask. We look at some ways you can ask for the help you need.
Why do you need help?
Sometimes things can seem abit stressful , and you may feel you can’t cope. You may simply just be having a bad day, or you may have an ongoing mental health problem that needs support. The important thing is not to try to cope on your own always try to speak to someone as it can make you feel worse.
It’s not good to spend too much time alone, especially if you are feeling low and vulnerable. At times like this you need to be able to talk to someone. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
What's stopping you asking for help?
- You may even be afraid that they’ll laugh at you.
- In fact, people who care about you will want to help you.
- You just have to ask and not be affraid as this will stop you.
Who can you ask for help?
- Your family – parents or carers, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles or cousins
- Trusted friends – your own friends, or friends of the family, neighbours
- People you work with
- Professionals – your GP, a doctor or nurse, a social worker
- A community support group
How to ask for help?
Decide who is the best person to talk to. Who would you feel most comfortable talking to? Many of us prefer talking to family or friends, but you may prefer to talk to professionals, support groups, helplines or online discussion forums.
Pick your time and place. Choose a good time and somewhere you feel comfortable, so you can talk uninterrupted in a relaxed environment.
What outcome do you want? Do you simply want to be listened to? Would you like more practical or emotional support? Be clear what you want to achieve.
Make notes if this helps write down the things you want to say so you remember to include them in your conversation.
Explain how you feel and what support you would like. The other person will then know how to help you.
It may be difficult to talk about your feelings. But “a problem shared is a problem halved” asking for help is not a weakness and you’ll probably feel better simply talking to someone. When you are feeling down, it’s important that you are not struggling on your own. Just ask for some help and others will be out there willing to suport you through thick and thin. This could be the bravest thing you can do.