“Remember you're not the problem, it's the symptoms. Don't blame yourself, but accept help to tackle the symptoms.” – Kelly
Seeking help can sometimes feel like a big step. You may wonder: Is it the right time? Will I be judged? Will people understand? It’s natural to have these thoughts, but when you’re experiencing a mental health condition, seeking help is an important step towards getting better.
Talking to someone you know and trust can be very helpful. It may be that this person has noticed changes in you as well, so a conversation would benefit both of you. You may prefer to talk with a GP, teacher, a coach, a counsellor/psychologist or a peer who has gone through something similar.
Digital mental health resources can often be just as effective as talking to someone face-to-face. So if you’re not comfortable talking to someone in person, that may be the way to go. Whatever you choose, trust is a very important factor.
Help-seeking is an opportunity for you to talk about how your mental ill-health is affecting your daily life. It is your experience, so you should let the person you are sharing with know if you would like to keep it private, if you want their advice or help, or if you’d just prefer they listen.
It may take time for you to open up, and that’s okay. When people understand the challenges you are facing, they are in a better position to support you.
There is plenty of information available to help you find support; we have some resources further down this page. We also have information on what you can do right now, and a page where you can find digital services and resources.
A closer look
Understanding mental health can lead to help-seeking
It's natural to be reluctant to seek help
GPs are often the first stop for people seeking help