Ask for Help and Support
Asking for help is a sign of strength and not weakness.
The people in our lives contribute significantly to our own mental health. We help each other out, share the good times, and learn from each other. Connecting with others, building social networks are a big part of our overall mental health. And, ideally it is our social networks that we can go to when we are feeling overwhelmed and in need of a helping hand.
It is the people we are close too who will be there when times are tough to help support us. These are the people who celebrate our successes and help us deal with problems. There are many different ways we can help each other, and understanding the different capacities that friends and family offer is a good way to break up what you need in bite size pieces and build a support group.
Mental – Ask for Support
Some people are good at dealing with feelings. This can help us feel comforted. Others are good at helping out, like babysitting or grocery shopping. This can help us manage the day-to-day responsibilities. Some people are good at sharing a different point of view, and this can help us look at problems more realistically. Perhaps open us up to a new perspective.
Some people are good at sharing information which helps with finding better solutions.
Most of us have networks of different people which may . include family members, friends, co-workers, classmates, neighbours and other significant people. Asking for help is always the first step. It takes courage and a willingness to be vulnerable to admit that things are not going well but it’s the bridge to building greater connections reducing those feelings of isolation and aloneness. Others cannot help you if they do not know what you need. Or consider joining a support group if your inner circle may not be the ideal place to go for support. Local community councils can be a good starting point for information on the various support groups available in your area. And, groups are an excellent way to find help for a specific problem. And, consider letting go of bad relationships. Some people in your network might not support you. It is hard, but sometimes we need to let go of these people in order to move forward.