It can be hard to know when you should get help for a mental health dip or problem. Here are some situations that might lead you to consider getting extra support:

  • When you are going through a difficult time, or feeling down, and you have been feeling this way for some time.

  • When you’re feeling very stuck and you don't seem to be getting any better. This might mean you are feeling down or sad, or anxious and these feelings are not going away.

  • When you feel overwhelmed and can’t think straight.

  • When you are low on energy and lack motivation to do the things you normally do.

  • When you have racing thoughts, are beginning to avoid people, are having panic attacks, or feel really anxious that something terrible might happen.

  • When your friends and family say they have noticed a difference in you and are worried about you.

  • When your work, your interests, or your feelings towards your family and friends is affected and you don’t want to engage with the people around you.

  • When you just can’t seem to shake off your mental health difficulties despite trying your usual self-help strategies.

  • When you find yourself feeling that life is not worth living or that other people would be better off without you.

  • When you feel too ashamed or embarrassed to speak to anyone about what is really going on for you.

If you are worried, reach out to someone

Taking that first step towards getting support can be difficult. Often, people feel afraid or embarrassed. But it can also be the most positive move you can make. If you are worried, don’t ignore it. Talk to someone, get support, or explore the little things that are good for mental health.

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