Mental health can be a lonely place. You could be surrounded by a crowd of people, and still feel completely alone.
But in reality, you are not! There are so many places and people you can turn to, and I wanted to make sure that you are all aware of who these incredible people are. Also, some other things you can do that might help.
Now, not everyone is a talker. I completely understand that. It’s hard for some to just pick up the phone and speak to someone. I’m often like that myself.
When I was younger, around eleven or twelve years old, I remember someone telling me that it was bad to hold things inside me. So they wanted to share something they did, if I’d like to give it a go.
I was provided with post-it note sized pieces of paper, a pen and an envelope/small box. I was instructed to write down all the things that were on my mind, that were upsetting or saddening and then put them into the envelope/box. I was to say goodbye to all the things in the envelope/box and then take them with me on a walk, or any kind of outing — and simply place them in a bin.
Well, I was rather surprised that it worked.
Now, I’m not saying all my worries disappeared completely but, I felt a bit lighter. To this day, I still do this. And it works for me. Will it work for you? I cannot promise you it will, but it’s worth a try right?
As I mentioned before, I’m not a talker. But if that is what you need — please know that there are so many people who CHOSE to work for incredible places such as the Samaritans and SANEline. The people waiting to speak with you have chosen to support people like you and me, who may just need a sounding board, someone to just listen. They want to help you understand and detangle all your intertwined thoughts and feelings. These are people who genuinely care.
Just know, you are never alone. We all want to help you get back to being who you are.
Samaritans — 116 123 (24hrs, 365)
SANEline — 0300 304 7000 (4.30pm — 10.30pm, 365)
Seema from Respect Mental Health — a non-profit organisation raising awareness on mental health.