Getting Help When You’re Feeling Low

If you’re reading this and struggling with suicidal thoughts, the National Suicidal Prevention Lifeline is available to you 24/7. It’s free and confidential: 1-800-273-8255. For international resources, visit IASP.info 

Everyone experiences loss and hardship in their lives. Whether it’s a job loss, the passing of a loved one, or worry over the future, the emotions can feel overwhelming. 

When these life circumstances bring you low, you can even develop mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. Sometimes, these disorders (and others), can seem to appear out of nowhere. The result is the same – as your emotions get heavier, it’s harder to reach out for help. 

The important thing to remember is that there is no shame in feeling these difficult emotions. We may think that talking about our troubles burdens other people, so we bottle them up. This places undue pressure on ourselves to act as if everything is “normal,” when your life might feel like it’s been turned upside down. 

But where do you go once you recognize that it’s time to get help? First, be proud of yourself for making this first step in realizing that you are ready to choose what’s best for your health. 

Many people may want to first talk to loved ones and friends about their struggles. Caring conversations about what is going on in your life can be a huge relief. If you feel uncomfortable talking with close friends or family at this time, or feel like the conversations you have had aren’t helping, you can also seek out a therapist or counselor

There are several different forms of counseling available, even text and video-based therapy you can use from home. It’s great that we have so many options to contact caring professionals, especially now that in-person sessions might not be ideal because of social distancing. You may also want to speak with your Primary Care Provider to start, since they could have recommendations for you based on your relationship with them. 

Again, if you’ve reached the point where you are ready to ask for help, you should already be proud of yourself. It’s difficult to push past stigmas and share your emotions with others. Seeking help is nothing to be ashamed of, and is the first step to the rest of a healthy, thriving life.

Resources

The National Alliance on Mental Illness 

Canadian Mental Health Association

Mental Health Australia 

Befrienders Worldwide – International Mental Health Support