Mental health is steadily becoming more and more of a topic that is addressed in everyday life. Schools are educating kids young, universities offer student support, and even workplaces are taking steps to become more mindful of promoting good mental health in the workplace.
We’ve all heard the statistic that 1 in 4 people will suffer from mental illness at some point, so why is it that many of us still find it so hard to open up when we need help? This post is going to help shed some light on a few ways that might help make it a little bit easier to open up if you are struggling.
Start with A Loved One
For a lot of people talking to anyone about mental health can be daunting. The stigma that comes with mental illness will often delay or stop people from getting the help they need.
Don’t let this happen to you. If you find yourself struggling to seek help because of the fear of stigma or judgement, try starting with a trusted love one. Whether that’s a family member, a close friend or a partner, you might find it is helpful to talk to them about your problems. These people will be worried about you and will gladly listen to what you have to say.
Say It Online if In Person Is Too Hard
A lot of people find it intimidating or uncomfortable to talk to a GP, even more so when it comes to mental health. But, there are options out there to help you bridge that gap and feel more at ease with the process. A simple “I need to talk” text to a best friend, for example, could be the first step on the road to recovery.
Also, if you feel like you need (or feel ready) to speak to a professional rather than a friend, there are options available to you too. Many mental health charities here in the UK offer the opportunity to talk to someone on the phone, through a confidential online chat or even via text message.
Some providers of private health insurance even offer an online appointment service where you can speak to a GP through video chat or phone call, and then when you’re ready they’ll book you a face-to-face meeting with a specialist.
Do Your Research and Use Resources
For some people, it can be hard to put into words how you’re feeling. It’s not always easy to find the right words to describe how we’re struggling. This is where it can be useful to do a little research in preparation for seeing a doctor.
Try using trusted sources like the NHS or registered charities and make use of the resources they have on offer. Not only will these resources be accurate and truthful, but they will likely be able to articulate better how you’re feeling and will help you feel reassured in knowing that you’re not alone.
Opening yourself up to people regardless of who is never easy but when your mental health is involved, it’s your best chance at getting better. Remember: mental illness is treatable. You just have to take that first step.