People with Mental Health Problems Looking for Help
If you are suffering or believe you may have any mental health problems, it’s beneficial to talk about them. Though it’s tough to step out and reach for help, it is the first step towards recovery.
Trustworthy people are a critical element. Find someone, such as parents, family members, teacher, faith leader, healthcare provider, or any other trusted person to talk about your mental health condition.
Build Your Support System Against Mental Health Problems
Build your support system with these people who can:
- Gives good advice when you need it and assists you in taking action that will help you.
- Respects and trusts you, and you also like them and trust them.
- Give you space to change, grow, make decisions, and even make mistakes.
- Listens to you when you need to share something, and share with you, both the good and bad times.
- Keep it confidential whatever you share with them so that you can tell him/her anything.
- Let’s you express your feelings and emotions freely without judging.
Develop a Recovery Plan
Recovery is the most important thing for the individual with mental health conditions to improve their health, wellness, and to live a self-directed life. Studies show that the majority of the people with mental health conditions get batter any many recovers thoroughly.
You can develop a written recovery plan, like:
- Identify goals for achieving wellness.
- Do whatever you can do to reach those goals
- It can be daily activities as well as longer-term goals
- Track your mental health issues
- Identify triggers or other stressful events that can make you feel worse
Young People Who are Suffering Mental Health Problems Looking for Help
Mental health issues don’t affect only adults. Children, teens, and young peoples also have mental health problems too. Infect 75% of people with mental health problems are under 24 years of age.
So, what is “Mental Health Problems”?
Are you having trouble doing daily life tasks because of how you feel—like going to school, work, or hanging out with your friends? Having a rough day? Feeling down for a while? You are not alone. Everyone goes through tough times, and no matter how long you’ve suffered from this, it’s essential to talk to someone about it.
Talk to someone if you experience any of these things:
- Can’t eat or sleep
- Can’t perform daily tasks
- Don’t want to hang out with your friends and family.
- Don’t want to do things you enjoy
- Fight a lot with family and friends.
- Feel like you can’t control your emotions, affecting your relationships with your loved ones.
- Have low energy all the time
- Feel hopeless
- Feel numb like nothing matters
- Can’t stop thinking about specific memories
- Feel confused, forgetful, edgy, angry, upset, worried, or scared
- Want to harm yourself
- Have random aches
- Smoke, drink or use drugs.
- Hear voices
Where Can I Get Help?
If you’re having thoughts about harming yourself, get help immediately by calling at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) ( National Suicide Prevention Line ) Or call 911.
Talk to someone you trust. It could be a parent, family member, or other authorized people who:
- Gives you advice when you want and ask for it
- Respects your privacy so you can tell him or her anything
- Let you talk freely about your feelings and emotions without judging.
- Helps you figure out what to do in difficult situations
Parents and Caregivers
As a parent or caregiver, you may have questions about certain behaviors they exhibit and how to help your children or other dependents.
What to Look For
It is essential to look for warning signs that your child may be struggling with. You can play a critical role in recovering your loved one’s mental health condition.
If your children or other dependents show the following behaviors, you must consult with the school counselor, school nurse, mental health provider, or another health care professional.
- Feeling very sad or stressed for more than two weeks.
- Making plans or trying to harm or kill himself or herself.
- You are experiencing overwhelming fear for no reason.
- Wanting to hurt others
- They are showing severe out-of-control behavior.
- Not eating, throwing up.
- Using drugs or alcohol all of a sudden
- Having severe mood swings
Children can’t understand difficult situations on their own, and you should pay attention if they experience:
- Loss of a loved one
- Separation of their parents
- Any major transition—new home, new school.
- Traumatic life experiences, like a natural disaster
- Teasing or bullying
- Difficulties in school
Friends and Family Members
Friends and family can play a significant role in the recovery process if someone is suffering from a mental health problem.
You must help your friend or family member if to feel the difference in their behavior by recognizing the signs of mental health problems and connect them with the professional mental health care provider.
Talk to them and ask how they are feeling, guide them, and provide the best health care; by spending time with them, you can learn:
- Recognition of the signs of mental health problems at early stages
- Start earlier treatment
- Good understanding and compassion
Suppose your friend or a family member is showing the behavior of mental health problems. Or reach out to you and asked for help, you must support them by:
- Finding out if he/she is getting the health care — if not, connect him/her to help.
- You are expressing your concern.
- Tell them that mental health problems can be treated.
- Asking questions, listening to ideas, and being responsive with them.
- Reassuring them that you care about him or her
- Offering to help them with everyday tasks
Mostly teachers are the one who notices mental health issues in the students before their parents do. Here are some ways you can help your students and their parents.
What Teachers Should Know
You should know:
- The early signs of mental health problems.
- When you see any signs in your student of mental health problem. To whom you should inform like the principal, school nurse, school psychiatrist, or psychologist
- How to get crisis support and other mental health services.
What Educators Should Look for in Student Behavior
Consult with the principal, school nurse, school psychiatrist, psychologist, or administrator, and the student’s parents if you observe one or more signs of mental health problems as follow:
- Feeling very sad or not paying attention for more than two weeks
- Trying to harm oneself or making plans.
- Fear for no reason, with a racing heart or heavy breathing
- Involve in fights or desire to hurt others
- Out-of-control behavior
- Not eating, throwing up.
- Use of drugs or alcohol
- Severe mood swings
What Teachers Can Do in Classrooms and Schools
Consider the following actions:
- Educate staff, parents, and students on symptoms of mental health issues.
- Ensure a positive school environment.
- Reinforce positive behaviors and decision-making.
- Encourage helping others in the time of need.
- Encourage good physical health.
- Ensure access to mental health supports.
Community and Faith Leaders
While teachers are first to notice the sign of mental health problems, faith and community leaders are the ones to whom people turn to in times of crisis. People with mantel health issues entrust their faith and community leaders even before going to any mental health professionals. And if the faith and community leaders know how to respond, they become a great asset to the community.
What Community and Faith Leaders Can Do about Mental Health Problems?
Educate their communities, promote awareness regarding mental health problems through educational forums and other opportunities.
- Invite local mental health professionals and the local persons who have experienced mental illness to share their experience with community gatherings.
- Educate people of their communities about facts and common myths about mental health.
- Develop a trauma-informed community.
- Organize gatherings for members of their community to have conversations about mental health.
Faith and community leaders can play a significant role in the acceptance of those with mental health issues. They can influence attitudes about mental health conditions and those who experience them.
- Talk about your mental health with the community.
- Be an example of taking good care of your mind.
- Mental health affects all of us, including them.
- Foster opportunities to build connections with individuals and families.
- Foster, safe and supportive environments.
- Ask, “What happened?” instead of, “What’s wrong?”
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