Asking for Help
Asking for help can be really hard, especially if you feel stressed or confused. Getting the support you need during tough times can help you get through the situation, give you strategies to deal with the situation and give you some perspective.
Watch: Jessica Rowe (TV presenter & mental health advocate) talking about her experience with post-natal depression.
Barriers to asking for help
- Thinking a problem will go away by itself
- Being embarrassed or afraid to ask for help
- Thinking you should be able to cope without help
- Thinking no one wants to help or will understand
- Thinking things aren’t bad enough to seek help
- Not knowing where to find help
- Lack of support services nearby
- Thinking you’ll be judged
- Thinking help is too expensive/time consuming
Benefits of asking for help
- Feeling less stressed
- Relief about sharing your thoughts/feelings
- Finding strategies and ways to cope
- Gaining some perspective
- Reducing your sense of loneliness
- Building stronger relationships with friends and family
- Prevent problems getting bigger
- Can learn to help others
We all go through tough times and sometimes can’t solve problems by ourselves. It is courageous to recognise and ask for help if you need it for any sort of problem.
Where to go to get help
- Your GP
- Friends and family
- Phone helplines like Lifeline
- Books, magazines and online resources
- Experts & professionals – psychologists, counsellors, financial advisors, legal professionals, ministers, career advisors, teachers etc
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Online and telephone counselling for 12-25yr olds
- Kids Helpline
- 1800 55 1800
- Mensline Australia
- 1300 78 99 78
Support for men concerned about their own violent behaviour
Peer-to-peer support for people living with a mental health problem, and for their families and other carers.
Access an online directory of free or low cost health and community services across Australia.