ask for help
Here are some tips when asking for help:
- Find someone who feels safe - It doesn't matter if it’s a family member, friend, coach or co-worker, talk to someone you can trust; someone you know who can respond in a kind, supportive way and guide you to some helpful resources.
- Be honest and open - It can sometimes feel uncomfortable sharing something so personal like a mental health concern, but explaining how you are feeling and how your challenges are impacting your life may help others understand how to help you.
- Let others help you - It's easy to think that we should know how to help ourselves when we are struggling with a mental health challenge but in actuality, it can sometimes be difficult to find the right resource. When experiencing a mental health challenge, sometimes our brains aren't functioning to the best of their ability making things even more confusing. Additionally, there is no "one size fits all" when it comes to mental health treatment. For these and other reasons, it's okay to accept help. Try your best to set aside your need to do it yourself. Ask those you trust for help and let them help you. If you don't know where to go, you can always start with Colorado Crisis Services 1-844-493-8255.
- Ask for what you need - Let friends and family know how they can help you. They might believe that leaving you alone is the best way to help you, but in actuality you need more support. Or perhaps you really just need space and continuing to talk is not helpful. Vocalize your needs. Your support networks will have a lot more success in supporting you when they know what you need.
- Keep talking - When we aren't doing well, one of our tendencies as humans is to clam up and keep our problems to ourselves. Experts say that isn't the answer though. As difficult as it might seem, talk to someone. Open up, even though it's tough. Keep talking about it. Know that people care. Sometimes people don't always know how to respond when we try to open up, but don't take that as a sign that they don't care. Keep talking and keep sharing. Don't give up. For info about who to reach out to when you are struggling, visit our GET HELP page.
Here are some additional resources on how to begin a conversation around mental health: