Some people worry about asking for help because there can be stigma around mental health problems.
They may believe that asking for help means admitting something is wrong or some people worry about how others might see them.
Asking for help means you want to make changes or take steps towards your new health goals.
We should celebrate the courage it takes to speak up and make changes.
Getting help is part of recovery.
- Building your team
The first steps may be the toughest, but knowing where to look for help is a good start.
Talk with supportive friends and family. Share your feelings with them and let them be part of your team.
- Talk to your family doctor
They are a great resource and can link you to other professionals, if needed.
You also can connect with community mental health clinics or organizations like the Canadian Mental Health Association for information, support, and services.
- Call a help line
Some organizations also offer support online or through text messaging.
- Learn more about mental health
You can find useful books, websites, and other resources through your provincial or territorial government and community agencies.
You also can connect with others who have personal experience with a mental illness and learn more about their recovery journey.
- Attend workshops and education sessions hosted at community centres, agencies, schools, colleges or universities.
- Talk with a member or leader you trust from your faith or cultural group.
For more information about services available in your community, visit www.cmhaff.ca