How to seek help if you are struggling with your mental health

Recognising that we may be struggling with our mental health and asking for support can be one of the most significant steps towards treating ourselves with compassion and getting the help we deserve.

Our experts provide practical advice on how to seek help if you are struggling with your mental health.


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  • Local doctor – Try and arrange a time to speak with your local doctor who can offer advice and support.
  • Small steps – Take small steps towards seeking help. A first step might be talking to a friend or family member who can support you to reach out for extra help.
  • Workplace – Talk to your workplace and see if they offer an employee assistance programme.
  • Mental health charity – A number of mental health charities have educational resources or support lines you can reach out to (e.g. Mind or Rethink).
  • Friends/family – Talk to a friend or family member who is supportive, trustworthy and caring.
  • Reflect – Write down the benefits of reaching out and seeking help. Take that first step to reaching out to somebody.
  • Be kind to yourself – It’s important to remember that you’re not alone, and that you deserve support.
  • The Samaritans – The Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day.
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