For many people that are suffering with mental illness or any other issue, it’s very difficult to pluck up the courage to get help. This could be due to a number of things, such as the illness itself, not wanting to worry your parents or carers, fear of not being taken seriously or simply never having the time. However, getting help is the first step to recovery in every situation. Here are some examples of people you could tell in order to receive help.
Friends: Friends or acquaintances can help you build the courage to talk to a professional. Talking to a friend is a very simple way of getting a trouble out of your system, and real friends will support you and understand what you’re going through. They can also provide a shoulder to cry on or someone to rant to. Remember though: They are not therapists and can’t give professional advice, and they can’t always be there to rely on. They are human too.
Teachers: If you have a teacher that you trust and have a good relationship with, it is a very good idea to talk to them about how you feel. This could be in any way you want, and to any teacher you want to. For example, I emailed my form tutor to ask for the details of the school counsellor, and my friend wrote a letter to her favourite teacher. That friend has since received counselling, and I’m on the waiting list. Most schools (that I know of) have a school counsellor, and they are completely confidential. If there’s something you don’t want others to know, they will not tell.
Family: In 90% of cases, at least one member of your family will support you. Your family is there to support you no matter what, so they should be a main port of call. This doesn’t have to include parents if you don’t have a strong relationship with them, and it is perfectly fine to only speak to one parent. Other members include grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins or family friends. Speak to a member of your family that would be the most likely to support you. For example, I have 3 uncles. I know for certain, 100%, 2 of them would support me through thick and thin and will always love me. Speak to someone you feel safe around and whose love for you you’ve never had to question. If you’re having second thoughts about talking to someone, you probably shouldn’t talk to them until you’re 100% ready.
Charities: There are many different charities and websites that can provide support with stress, mental illness or whatever else you need help with. I have linked some of these below. To my knowledge, all of these are completely free.
Samaritans (UK based)
Mind (UK based)
Crisis Hotline (USA based)
Better Help (trained counsellors to give confidential advice and support)
7 Cups of Tea (the same basis as Better Help)
Us!: The TWE family are always here for you, no matter what your issue. We are able to provide advice without judgement. However, it is always best to consult a trained professional if you are having issues with mental health. We love you.