What Should You Do if Your Mental Health is Going Down the Tube?
This article seeks to add to this conversation. If you are not as mentally healthy as you could be, or if you know someone who isn’t coping well and you want to support them, read on.
The first strategy is to talk to someone you trust. This can be a parent, friend, teacher, sibling – anybody who you feel comfortable sharing things with. Not only can this person offer a fresh perspective, but they can also support and look out for you, which is something we all need from time to time.
One thing that can stop us from feeling comfortable sharing our struggles with others is talking to someone who does not react in a way that supports us. It is always okay to find someone new that you trust to talk to, or to talk to multiple people about a similar issue. If someone confides in you about their mental health, ask: “What do you need from me? How can I support you?” Individuals need to be supported in different ways.
If you feel that talking is not improving the situation, our next piece of advice is to seek professional help. Professionals, e.g. counsellors and psychologists, can provide you with strategies to help you cope better in the long term, not just the short term. They also have a range of resources available to help you, and have a wealth of experience when it comes to assisting individuals with improving and maintaining their mental health.
Regardless of how far we have come in how we approach mental health, there is still a stigma surrounding it. Stigma can make it difficult to speak up when things aren’t going well. Be courageous and talk to somebody that you trust. If needed, be courageous and talk to a professional who helps people with mental health issues. Don’t go it alone.