It isn't always easy to reach out for help, and sometimes it can feel as if we are the only ones who don't know how to manage our lives. The truth is, just like you can't fix a leaky sink if the only tool you havw is a hammer, you can't get relief without the right tools. Having a strong support network is helpful in finding relief for all that you may be feeling. Here are some things to remember as you take that first step in setting up a useful toolbox.
Having a difficult time dealing with your feelings or a challenging situation does not mean you
are weak or incapable.
Avoid the temptation to isolate yourself from others.
Asking for and receiving help is a sign of courage and strength.
You don't have to tackle anything alone, and the good news is you don't have to.
It is ok to not be ok.
Words To Say:
Sometimes not knowing how to ask for help keeps us from reaching out. Here are some words to say:
I need your help with ____________.
I need to talk to you about what's been going on.
I need you to listen.
I'm struggling with ____________. Can you help me find some resources that may give me some relief?
Can you take a walk with me (sit with me, go to a movie with me). I don't want to be alone.
Can you come with me to the counseling office (crisis center, doctor's office, emergency room)?
Can you help me find someone to talk to about my depression (anxiety, cutting, drinking, etc)?
If you feel like hurting yourself at any time, ask for help immediately. If no one is around to help you, call 911, the 24-hour national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-TALK, or text "HELLO" to 741-741.