A mental health crisis often means that you no longer feel able to cope or be in control of your situation. You may feel great emotional distress or anxiety, or you can’t cope with day-to-day life or work, think about suicide or self harm. I am sure we would all know what to do in this situation, or ways to help someone else in this situation. But not many people know what to do in a non crisis situation for many different reasons. Many people just wouldnt know where to turn first, or just wouldnt even bother as they dont think it is serious. You are worth the care and your mental health matters!
There are surprisingly a few people you can turn to for help in a non crisis situation. One being your GP. For many of us, a GP is the first place we go to when we are physically ill but would not dream of going for our mental health, but they're there to help. It may not be a quick process but if you go, at least you're doing something. Your doctor might be able to diagnose you, offer you help/support/treatment like counselling or therapy, offer you medication, or refer you to a mental health specialist. Just remember, it is okay to be scared, it is normal. If you go, it will change your life.
Another place to go is a trained therapist or counsellor. Although you usually have to get referred to one of these by a doctor, there are some where you can contact them directly, you just may have to do a bit of searching.
There are many charities and organisations worldwide that offer support for people struggling with their mental health. This includes helplines and listening services, other services such as peer support, talking therapies, advocacy, crisis care, employment and housing support. One example of this is Samaritans. You can call or email samaritans and they are so helpful.
And the people who care the most? Friends, family and neighbours. They may sometimes not appear to care but sometimes the signs are not obvious. Reach out, it may be the best decision you make. They can offer advice, support and my favourite, hugs. They can also offer encouragement, come to appointments with you, help you with every day tasks, help you find out information and discuss your options with you. They are definitely people to talk to! Even if you talk to a GP as well.
Peer support can also be very useful. You normally find that you are not alone in these feelings, talking to your peers will make you open up and share experiences and usually, others will feel the same too.
In education and work they usually have specific places you can go to if you enquire about it. For example, higher education institutions usually have a student wellbeing centre where enrolled students can go for support. And some workplaces offer free access to support services such as talking
therapies. This is called an Employee Assistance Programme.
These are just a few options, if you need help, please reach out for help. Remember, you are stronger than you think.