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If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis or is considering suicide, help is available. Reach out to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by calling or texting 988or contact Crisis Text Line by texting PA to 741741.
“This is not an easy thing to talk about but I am reaching out to you because you are a person that I trust and that makes me feel safe. I have been feeling a little worried about some things I have been experiencing and I am not sure what to do. I would like it if we could sit down together to help me sort through some of my questions and concerns. I hope together we can come up withsome ideas and resources to direct a plan of action to try and help me to address the concerns I am having and set my mind at ease.”
It can be hard to share that you’re not feeling well, and even harder to ask for help. Societal pressure to perform and "be a certain" way may make it harder to reach out in fear of the way you will be perceived. Below are some tips that can help.
Asking for help is okay
Reaching out for help does not mean that you are weak. It takes a lot of courage to talk about how you are feeling. Once the initial awkwardness has subsided, opening up can make you feel both relieved and more empowered.
Talk to someone you trust
It can feel hard to share that you’re not feeling well, and even harder to ask for help especially when you are young and dealing with social pressures. Sometimes we feel we have to act or be a certain way which can make it more challenging to reach out. While the fear of how you will be perceived may be real, it is important not to let it get in the way. If you can find someone you trust they will not judge you and can help calm those fears.
Prepare for bringing it up
It may be helpful to take a little time and prepare some basic information before you bring it up. Sometimes writing down or recording your thoughts and feelings is helpful especially if you are feeling mentally foggy or disorganized. You can also have a simple fact sheet printed out or pulled up on an electronic device that briefly explains what you think you are experiencing, especially if you tend to get nervous in the moment.
Catherine (Cat) Conroy, M.Ed, Manager of HeadsUp
Neurodevelopment and Psychosis Section, Department of Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
10th floor, Gates Pavilion, HUP
3400 Spruce Street, Rm. 10054, Philadelphia, PA 19104 firstname.lastname@example.org
We are available during standard business hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) to answer any questions you may have about our organization or to direct you to programs in Pennsylvania that can offer clinical help.