When our mental health starts to decline, it can feel difficult to talk to others about what’s on our mind. However, finding your voice is essential in getting the support needed to feel better and find solutions for mental health concerns.
“I’m in trouble and I’m suicidal. I need help right now.”
“I’m having a really rough time, but I don’t want to go into it quite yet. Could you please help me get my mind off of it by talking about [suggest a topic here]?”
“I’m really struggling right now, and I don’t know how to talk about it. I know that I don’t want to be alone. Here’s what I’m feeling.”
“I’m having a really hard time remembering what I like about myself today. Could you share some good memories of us? I would really appreciate it.”
“I’m going through a bit of a rough patch. Could you please check in on me every [suggest dates/times] just to see how I’m doing?”
“I’m completely overwhelmed with [insert what you’re going through], and I was wondering if you could give me some extra support around [what you need].”
“I’ve been using all the coping tools I have to manage what I’m facing, but they’re not working. Could you help me identify some others that might help?”
“I feel like I’m at my limit and I don’t know what to do. Can we talk?”
Why It’s Important to Ask for Mental Health Support
While conversations around mental health have broadened significantly in the last decade, longstanding stigmas around speaking out about personal struggles or asking for help still create obstacles in reaching out for support when you might need it the most. Isolation is both a symptom and a cause of common mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, and building connections and communication with others is essential to feeling better.
Because many people initially try to deny their feelings in an attempt to move past them, it is important to recognise when mental health is starting to decline. Some signs that it may be time to seek help include:
- Difficulty in enjoying your life
- Feeling like your usual ways of coping aren’t working
- Worrying more than usual
- Changes in mood, sleep or eating patterns
- Interest in talking to someone about how you are feeling
If you notice these signs, it is important to seek out someone to talk to in order to begin to address what’s bothering you and rebuild your resilience.
Who Should I Talk to for Mental Health Support?
Depending on your challenges and how you are feeling, there are a variety of people you can seek out for support and guidance. If you are not sure of who to go to, here are a few different options – and remember, if one person isn’t available, don’t let that stop you from seeking out another option! When you are in a mental health crisis, making a connection isn’t just recommended, it is absolutely critical for your health.
1. Friends, family members, or others you trust
Many people turn to a loved one to vent or get support when they are feeling low, and if you are in a serious crisis, this network can be vital in hearing your needs and helping you access additional resources.
2. The human resources department
Whether your challenges are related to your work or are caused by something at home, the human resources department can be an excellent source of support. They can help you explore options for temporarily reducing your workload or altering your work (such as working from home) in order to manage stress and feel better. If you are a student, the school’s counseling office can be of similar support.
3. Mental health hotline
Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, mental health hotlines are staffed by trained professionals ready to assist people in crisis. Many hotlines will have a wealth of further resources to offer you for long-term support. If you don’t feel like actually talking to someone, some hotlines have texting options as well.
4. Healthcare providers
You may already have a relationship with a therapist who you can turn to in times of crisis, but if you don’t, reaching out to your general health practitioner is also a good option. They can make a diagnosis, offer potential treatment options, and refer you to a mental health specialist if needed.
Get the Mental Health Crisis Support You Need at The Dawn
At The Dawn Wellness Centre and Rehab, we offer a unique, holistic approach to mental health and addiction treatment. Our mental wellness programme has been specially designed to help our clients feel better almost immediately, gain a deeper understanding of their symptoms, and learn skills to manage their condition long-term.
Mental Health Treatment in Thailand
Located on the outskirts of the beautiful city of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, The Dawn’s tranquil riverfront location immediately transports you into an oasis of calm, completely removing you from all your stressors so that you can focus on your recovery.
Internationally accredited by the American Accreditation Commission International (AACI) and nationally licensed by the Thai Ministry of Health, The Dawn offers a carefully cultivated mix of the latest psychotherapeutic techniques, cutting-edge technology and scientifically-proven wellness practices to ensure holistic healing and instill healthy coping skills.
Call us today to learn more about how we can help support you.