When it comes to mental health, it can often be difficult and scary to take that first step. The first step is to let someone know that you are not okay at the moment or that you are struggling.
The idea of opening up to someone can be incredibly intimidating and it is okay that you feel that way. Many people do. However, like most things, if you try to ignore it and don’t seek the support that you need, it will most likely get harder to cope with.
Mental health is such an important part of our well-being, and it affects all of us in some way throughout our lives. Whether that’s through stress, anxiety, depression or many other mental health problems.
It can often be an isolating and overwhelming experience, and in turn, affect many parts of our lives such as work and personal relationships. Through seeking support, you can feel less alone, and develop new skills to help manage how you are feeling.
When you take that first step in reaching out for support, at first it may be scary, it can also be empowering. As you begin your journey to finding a way forward.
Here are some tips on how you can reach out to someone…
1) Identify someone you trust: This could be a friend, family member, or mental health professional. Think about someone who you feel comfortable talking to and who will be able to provide you with the support you need.
2) Plan what you want to say: Before reaching out, it can be helpful to plan what you want to say. Write down your feelings and thoughts as this can help you communicate what you want easier.
3) Choose the right time and place: It's important to choose a time and place where you feel comfortable talking. This could be over the phone, via email, or in person.
4) Be honest and direct: When reaching out for help, it's important to be honest and direct about what you're going through. Let the person know how you're feeling and what kind of support you need.
5) Be open to their response: Remember that the person you're reaching out to may not have all the answers, but they can offer support and help you find resources.
At Burton and District Mind, we are always here for you, and we will do what we can to provide you access to the service and support that will suit your needs. We pride ourselves in the safe, judgement free care and support that we provide to everyone that comes to us. It is our goal to make sure that everyone who needs support has access to it, and we will not stop until we manage to do so.
Please talk to us.
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