According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 970 million people across the world were living with a mental health disorder in 2019, including anxiety and depression. Many make the mistake of ignoring an issue, believing their mood will improve in time, or they might feel unable to admit to themselves and others that they have a mental health issue.
Yet, help is available in many forms to help you overcome a condition and live a happier, fuller life. Find out what to do if you are struggling with your mental health.
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Speak to a Doctor
You likely don’t think twice about making an appointment with a GP when you feel under the weather, are worried about your physical health, or sustain an injury. However, you might avoid visiting a doctor when you feel low, stressed, and overwhelmed, to name a few mental health issues. Yet, your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and you shouldn’t ignore it.
If you need help now but are worried about waiting a long time for an appointment, same-day medical attention is available. For instance, you can find a GP at hand to discuss your mental health problems, receive a diagnosis, and devise the best treatment plan for you, such as prescription medication and talk therapies.
Visit a Therapist
A GP may recommend visiting a qualified therapist for specific therapies, which could help you overcome or manage a mental health disorder.
For example, you could benefit from:
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Talk therapy
- Interpersonal therapy (IPT)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy
Confide in a Loved One
It might feel helpful to talk to a trusted loved one about how you are feeling. Discussing your emotions could lift a weight off your shoulders, and your friend or relative could help put your feelings into perspective. What’s more, they might share a personal story that might make you feel less alone with your mental health battles, and it may encourage you to seek the medical help you need to move on from a disorder. A loved one wouldn’t want you to struggle in silence, which is why you shouldn’t hesitate to confide in someone you trust.
Call a Mental Health Charity or Supportive Organisation
Many charities and organizations are available to provide support and help you manage your emotions and overcome any personal challenges. For example, if you need someone to talk to, you could contact one of the many helplines and listening services available. Also, various organizations might be more than happy to provide housing support and employment opportunities for those living with a mental health disorder.
Asking for help and talking about your emotions might not feel easy at first, but it could be the first step toward a happier, healthier life. Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with a GP, talk to a therapist, call a helpline, or confide in a trusted loved one.