“I’m fine.” Two simple words. These two words can be both meaningless and worrying — It can signal nonchalantness or sadness and you could never tell the difference.
In this article, I want to talk about how to identify people’s emotions through their words and seeking help. “I’m fine” are two words that are most commonly used yet can be so dangerous at the same time. Be honest, have you ever said this and not meant it? I think we all have. Think back to that time, that time may even be now and consider that if someone had questioned you, would you have told the truth? Did you seek help? Did you WANT to seek help? These are all important questions that can help someone else if needed. This article will also encourage you to seek help when you need it and how to go forth with this. I will also include tips on how to feel better through contact with other people — in fact, being in physical contact with another person is so essential to your mental health.
My name is Lukas and I’m 14 years old. Last year was a very bad year for me — I struggled with depression, anxiety and self harm. “I’m fine.” was a very common phrase that I used almost daily even if I was completely falling apart and I see now that I should’ve seeked help form people who could truly give me help instead of ignoring the actual problem. If I had done this, my mental torment would’ve been solved much sooner. I want to help others reach the point in which I’ve reached. I want to help people learn to seek help when you need it, not just ignore your problems and hope they’ll go away — this rarely happens.
Being a teenager is difficult. I’m not going to sugar coat it and lie. Being a teenager is difficult and the mental struggles you go through are multiplied in your mind due to already rapidly increasing hormone rates, not to mention that school is relentless in work and study. There’s always so much trouble as it is and you don’t want to cause anymore, right? That’s definitely not the right mindset to have — you should remember that your mental health and physical health out weighs anything else and if you need help, you will never be considered a burden if you talk to the right person. For example, your counsellor would be an excellent option because they would be someone who is trained in this area and is more than willing to help. Going without help when you need it for extended periods of time has a very negative impact on your mental health and saying to others that you are okay creates its own issue. Here are the tips I have for helping you out.
In conclusion, I wanted to talk about how you can be a supportive friend/lover/sibling or anything else. It’s good to talk about ourselves frequently but it’s no use if we are still unable to help each other. It’s so important that we help people who have the same struggles as we do and by reading this, I hope you’ve gained some extra knowledge on that!!
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