How do I support myself?
There are plenty of ways that you can look after your mental health on a daily basis. See How Can I Look After My Mental Health? But, as we all know, life can still get tough, you can still get hurt and, maybe for some unknown reason, you can find it hard to cope.
How do I know if I'm struggling?
You may be:
• Sad, withdrawn and less interested in things you used to enjoy
• Worried and anxious
• Critical of yourself and the way you look
• Eating and sleeping much more, or much less, than in the past
• Harming yourself (for example, drinking too much or taking too many drugs, cutting yourself or intentionally putting yourself in dangerous or risky situations)
• Angry and aggressive
• Confused and acting in unfamiliar ways
• Avoiding college, work or social situations
What do I do?
• Don’t judge yourself. We all find it hard to cope at times – you are NOT alone.
• Ask yourself – what can I do to help myself? Remember that you can’t control everything, but there may be some things that you could do to make the situation better.
• Talk to someone! Make a list of people in your life that you trust to talk to… ask if they have the time to talk about something that’s bothering you (make it clear that it matters to you).
• If you feel like you can’t trust anyone, then come and talk to someone in Jigsaw, your GP or another professional service that you feel could help you.
• Ask yourself – who else could help me? How? Is there a relative or friend that could help you out? Maybe it would be useful to ask them!
• Remember that if you’re finding things tough, you can become extra sensitive to others, so try not to react too quickly to feelings of paranoia, upset or anger.
• Write down all of your thoughts and feelings on blank pages – the good, the bad and the ugly. Don’t be afraid to write them down, the paper isn’t going to judge you. After you’ve gotten all your thoughts and feelings down, try to separate the main ones between good and bad, or to summarize them; it may clear things up for you. When you’re done, keep them safe (if you want to read them again in the future) or destroy them.