In honor of it being World Mental Health Day, I'd like to talk about something super duper important. It's seeking for help.
When it comes to certain mental illnesses such as anxiety or depression, many of us decide to sit and wallow in our suffering rather than asking and reaching out for help. We like to tell ourselves that we’re fine, that asking for help is being vulnerable and being vulnerable is being weak. Wrong.
Asking for help is brave. When you seek for help it not only helps you but it helps those around you get to know you so much better and understand you and they support you. Asking for help is acknowledging the fact that it's okay not to be okay. It's normal. Don't sit and wallow in fear that you have to be okay or else you're not normal or that people won't support you. And don't sit and wallow because you'd rather do that than seem weak. That's not the way it should be.
The way it should be is you being okay to tell someone that you're having trouble speaking in public, that you can't seem to get rid of the 24/7 stress and school is causing bad thoughts. It's being okay to tell mom and dad that you don't see a point to life lately and you've been feeling really sad for weeks now and it hasn't gone away. It's being okay to tell your friends about the reason you don't want to put yourself out there and meet new people is because social anxiety is preventing you from doing so.
Seeking for help is the best and brave thing to do. It allows those around you to care for you more than ever and love you. You're never alone. You don't have to suffer alone. No. No one should have to suffer alone.
It's safe. No one is going to judge you, no one is going to call you out for being weak and having something wrong with you. There's nothing wrong with you. Mental illnesses are just as a serious as physical. The way you see your brother getting help and taken care of for that sprained ankle, you'll get taken care of just as much for your bad thoughts lately. We're all here to help you, there's no need in being afraid to tell anyone. Your family would rather you tell them and cry to them than have you sit in your room and cry by yourself. It's okay not to be okay, remember?
Here are some resources that are always available to help you:
911 (it doesn't only work for break ins or what you think but it's also there for if you're ever thinking about hurting yourself and they can direct you from there on where to go or how to get help)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
Adolescent Suicide Hotline. 800-621-4000
Adolescent Crisis Intervention & Counseling Nineline. 1-800-999-9999
National Alliance Mental Illness Helpline. 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) (NAMI helps for if you having any questions to symptoms of a mental illness you might have or treatment options) visit their site http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/NAMI-HelpLine for more information.
NAMI Crisis Text Line. Text NAMI to 741-741
Teen Helpline. 1-800-400-0900
Youth Crisis Hotline. 800-HIT-HOME
Hotlines of help from other teens:
(310) 855-HOPE. / (310) 855-4673
(800) TLC-TEEN. / (800) 852-8336
For help in finding a therapist:
1-800- Therapist (1-800-843-7274)
Hotlines dedicated to helping LGBT:
Gay & Lesbian Trevor Helpline Suicide Prevention. 1-800-850-8078
And if you have other questions, there are resources here to help: http://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/resources/mental-health-hotline-numbers-and-referral-resources/
This is is just a few of the options of help you have! I provided as many as I could before the school bell ringing aha. (seeing as how I'm writing this before school starts, my hands are really cold, oh well! Anything for you guys!) There are also so many more that are simply willing to help, you just have to reach out. Be brave and know there are people who want to help.
These resources are not your only options because you have your family and friends who can help or help you look for help too. There's so much help out there, please don't forget or ignore that.
Keep hope and know you're not alone. It's okay not to be okay (lots of heart emojis).