Whether we are feeling run down, experiencing low mood, or are in crisis we all need to reach out for support sometimes. You are not alone.
Recent research conducted by Orgyen and the World Economic Forum highlighted that 87% of the global population is affected by mental health difficulties. This can either be through individuals’ own experience, or that of someone close to them.
When to ask for help
Many of us wait until things have built up before we ask for support. Although it’s never too late to ask for help, we know the earlier we seek support, the more effective it can be.
When we’re feeling down, it can take a lot of courage to be honest with ourselves, and others. It’s also not unusual to feel guilty, potentially causing upset or worry for someone else if we ask for help. We might feel our parents wouldn’t be able to cope with knowing how bad we feel.
Everyone is worthy of support. Think of what you would say to a friend if they were going through what you are. Chances are you would want to support them whatever way you could.
It’s a good idea to think about how you want to ask for support. There are ways of reaching out that can make the experience a lot easier.