It's not easy to get help.
It’s normal to struggle sometimes, and there are people who care and services out there that are rooting for you to succeed. Learn about signs to watch out for and what to do if you or a friend needs help.
Signs that you or a friend may need help with mental health:
- Feelings get in the way of daily life for a long time
- Worrisome changes in behaviour or personality
- Increased risky behaviour or substance abuse
- Prolonged negative mood or attitude
- Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
- Feeling worthless, helpless, or hopeless
- Thoughts of suicide or self harm
What to do if you are worried about a friend's mental health:
- If you are worried about someone, say something!
- Be thoughtful of the time and place to make sure you can have an open and private discussion
- Really listen and give them 100% of your attention
- Avoid giving advice, what they need is for you to present and open
- “I’ve been worried about you, are you feeling okay?”
- “I know this is hard to talk about. Thank you for opening up to me.”
- “How are you really doing?”
Where to go if you need help:
Coping strategies to try while you are waiting for help:
- Nature walks
- Hugging your pet
- Listening to music
- Drink lots of water
It’s not easy to ask for help, but there are many people who care and services out there that are rooting for you to succeed.
Information from Kids Come First Health Team.