Getting Help: How and Why

28 April 2015

By Lauren E. White

As we’ve been talking a lot about mental health here at b**p, this article is going to be about the help available and how you can get it. There is no point of us writing about mental health almost each week without then giving you the resources to get help.

First things first, it’s important for you to get help because the feelings that you’re experiencing are not normal and, more importantly, not healthy. Because of this, you must find the self-respect and the care for yourself as a human being within and use that to speak out and get help. While you may feel as though you’re frightened and that without your condition, you are nothing, you must still get help. You must realise you need it and you must also realise that you deserve it.

Now we’ve got that out of the way, I’m going to give you some examples of how you can get help. Remember that you deserve it and you need it.

One of the first things you can do is go to your school. The place you spend six hours a day. Tell a teacher who you trust and whom you feel will treat you with respect and in a loving way. Your teacher will then let someone else know how you’re feeling and will work alongside them and your parent(s)/carer to get you the help you need.
If you don’t feel comfortable talking to a teacher, tell another adult at home. The adult you tell could be a parent, or grandparent, sister, brother or anyone who you trust. Explain to them how you feel and what you want them to do. It is important that you say that you want help otherwise your family members may dismiss your feelings. Remember why you’re telling them.
If you don’t feel comfortable telling anyone mentioned so far, your last resort is a doctor or a friend. Tell a doctor if you’re old enough to make an appointment alone or tell a friend who will then tell someone who can help. The doctor you tell should refer you to a mental health specialist and a friend should tell someone who will get you that all-important help.
That’s all for today. We hope that this post will prompt you to open up and get help. It is so important that you do because as soon as you start, the sooner your constant and horrific feelings will be gone. Remember that it won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. Remember why you’re doing it – you’re doing it because you need the help and you deserve it too.

ChildLine – 0800 1111

Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90

Rethink Mental Illness – 0300 5000 927

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