Reaching out for support can be challenging, but it's a crucial step towards wellbeing. It is okay to feel alone, and it is normal to be hesitant to open up. The first step can be the hardest.
"I think it’s important to ask for help. Ask anyone for help and keep asking because you might not get it the first time." – Watch Philip's story
This section offers information about different types of assistance and helps to make the process of sharing your feelings smoother. There are people in your life keen to help – you're not on this journey alone.
Choosing who to talk to
Reach out to someone you trust – a close friend, a family member, a teacher, a spiritual leader or a healthcare professional. Trust your instincts and initiate a conversation.
"I rang this lady who was our Brownie group leader, whom I’d heard does some good counselling. And I rang her, and she just said, “Put the kids in the car and come over now, and we’ll talk.” – Watch Debra's story
People will appreciate your openness and will try to help. If their approach doesn't work, it's okay to try elsewhere. Your mental wellbeing is important, and many people might relate to your experiences and offer valuable insights.
Here are some things to consider:
- Who makes you feel at ease? Think of the people you find it easy to talk to – a friend, a relative like an aunt, uncle or cousin or a leader you trust.
- Go at your own pace. You might not feel ready yet, and that’s okay. Take the time you need and reach out when it feels right.
- Think about who you can confide in. Do you trust this person to keep things between the two of you?
- Know your safe space. Where makes you feel calm or at ease?
“My safe space for talanoa varies. It could be my car, my home or driveway, but the other person always knows it is safe.” – Matt
If you’d like to know more about who can help and how they can help, click here.