As we continue with Mental Health Awareness Month, I will be posting weekly key messages, along with statistics and resources, so that you can advocate and also raise awareness around mental health. By learning the facts and sharing the resources, you can make a difference in the life of someone struggling.
Week 3 Message: Finding Help
When your mental health is off, it is important to find the help that is right for you. Where you go for help will depend on what is occurring within your life. Often the best place to start is to talk with those that you already have a connection with, including your friends and family, your primary care doctor, your spiritual advisor, or a local mental health organization.
Help can be found in many places and depends on what type of support you may need. It can start with participating in some self-care or engaging with family and friends. You may need someone else to help you process, find a distraction, or problem solve. If the problems in your life are stopping you from functioning well or feeling good, professional help can make a big difference. Even if you’re not sure that you would benefit from help, it can’t hurt to explore the possibility.
Engaging in more formal services can help you
- Develop plans for resolving problems
- Feel stronger in the face of challenges
- Change behaviors that hold you back
- Look at ways of thinking that affect how you feel
- Heal pains from your past
- Figure out your goals
- Build self-confidence
Talking with someone about your thoughts and feelings can save your life. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress. If you or someone you know needs support now, call or text 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org. 988 connects you with a trained crisis counselor who can help.
Stay happy, healthy, and safe! ~Sally~