Mental health support groups provide hope and understanding for those who have experienced or are experiencing similar challenges. Talking with people who understand your situation is comforting and educational, helping you prepare for the future. To find a support group near you, see the organizations listed below.
Being able to talk openly about your condition with someone you trust – whether that person is a family member, close friend, therapist or mentor – is an effective coping mechanism. Although it may be uncomfortable at first, finding someone to confide in without being judged or criticized will help you through the ups and downs. This person is someone who respects you, understands you and supports you even when you make mistakes. Interacting with someone you trust can help you talk about your mental illness more openly.
After a mental illness diagnosis, research your disorder to better understand and manage it outside of treatment. This knowledge can also aid in treatment by facilitating communication with your doctor and improving decision-making. Ask your doctor questions and be open about your feelings to receive the best care possible.
Now that you’re aware of all of your support options and resources, it’s time to reach out. Here are a couple of additional things to consider:
- If you’re having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline right away at 1-800-273-8255 or call 911 immediately.
- If you’re experiencing mild to moderate symptoms and don’t need to seek help immediately, contact your primary care physician as soon as possible for an appointment.