Where to get help for mental health
Mental health illnesses are serious conditions that are still stigmatised, and this discourages those who might have them to avoid seeking help. The fear of being teased or called names is one of the reasons why people suffer in silence. Another reason is that they simply don’t know where to go to get help. Here are a list of places you can seek help if you need it.
Some schools usually have a student councillor that offers support to students who might need help. But if your school doesn’t have a councillor, you can always go to a teacher that you trust and confide in them so they can assist you with getting help.
Your local healthcare provider
Sometimes you might not think of discussing your mental state with your healthcare provider because you go to them when you have flu, for example, but it’s important to discuss your mental well-being with them too. That way, they can make a correct diagnosis, advise you on how to deal with the new diagnosis, as well as offer you their support and help.
Community support services
I know it’s not easy to know where to seek help, especially if you don’t know where to start. You can always find community support services like SADAG or SA federation for mental health which can provide the necessary support online or you can go to their support centres.
Friends and family
Struggling with mental health can be a very emotionally draining process for anyone. Having a solid support structure is important because they will help you stand tall on days where you feel like you don’t want to face the world.
Letting your friends and family know about your struggles will also allow them to help you by motivating you, helping you find important information, as well as give you their support.
Asking for help is not always an easy thing to do, especially if you are not feeling well. But it’s important for you to remember that you deserve support and you’re not alone. All you have to do is ask for help. You can also read this article about how to take back your mental health while you’re going through the process of healing.
Remember, if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).
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