Finding Resources When You're Mentally Struggling
By Brandi Goodman
Struggling mentally can really have you feeling down. If your mind is wandering, feeling jumbled, or even completely numb, it may be hard to reach out for the help that you need. Knowing what resources are available in advance can really help when the time comes that you require it. It's important that you do reach out and find some available resources so you can work on improving your mental well-being.
Start With a Friend
You don't have to contact a stranger or reach out to a helpline if you're feeling nervous. Start by talking to a friend or even family member if you can. Just having someone there to spend time with can be a big blessing, even if you don't actually talk about your troubles.
Join a Support Group
Countless support groups exist both in the physical world and online. If you want people to talk to who understand, find a group that meets your needs. Sites such as Facebook have online groups available where you can chat with others in similar situations and get advice. Just being part of the group and knowing others' stories can be a help to you without you having to share your own -- at least until you're ready to do so.
Read Mental Health Blogs
Blogs dedicated to mental health fill the Internet. All you have to do is a quick Google search and you can find countless blogs on the subject matter. Spend some time reading the stories shared by others and articles suggesting ways to ease your mental anguish. You may find some helpful tips in there that can improve your mood and give you some peace of mind.
Text the Crisis Text Line
There is a crisis text line devoted to answering the messages of anyone who feels in crisis and in need of help. You don't have to speak to someone on the phone -- though that option is also available. Simply text CONNECT to 741741 and a person will reach out to you. Just texting back and forth with someone can help a great deal.
Mental health matters. You matter. You deserve to feel mentally well and get the help you need when you need it. Knowing what resources are out there and how to reach them can help you when you're really struggling. If you still require assistance and just feel like these things are not enough, it may be time to reach out for professional guidance.
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