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Help Seeking

For Yourself
If your emotions are starting to prevent you from doing things you like to do, it is probably time to talk to a professional. When dealing with a mental health problem it is important to not go through it alone. Many times people don’t understand the warning signs or are too ashamed to seek help. It’s not your fault. Talk to others. Let a family member or friend know. There are people out there who care about you and can help. Please see the resources section for more information on where to go.

For someone else
If someone you know comes to you…
Listen- to what they have to say.
Believe- whatever they are saying and validate their feelings.
Tell- you tell or have them tell an adult they trust or a professional even if they do not come to you and you are worried…
Ask: for help from a local professional. Make an appointment with a counselor and ask for their advice on how to help this person.

What to expect
Seeking help and treatment can be difficult. It might take a while to find the right professional to work with and there is no quick fix to what you are feeling. You must have the courage to keep trying. Once you find the right treatment it is highly likely that you will find relief from your symptoms and begin to go back to having a typical life. It is important to remember that counselors can’t tell anyone anything you say and they don’t make you say anything you don’t want to say unless you might harm yourself or someone else. So, it is best to be open-minded and honest when seeking help; you are not alone.

Talk to the counselor in your school, medical doctor, a member of the clergy, trusted adult or a mental health professional in your community and find out what help is available. Here are some other resources: