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.
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 and professionals – psychologists, counsellors, financial advisors, legal professionals, ministers, career advisors, teachers etc.
Get help now
It takes courage and strength to ask for help. Seeking support from others can help you to get through tough times.
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