Ambassador Series: Accessing Support
World Mental Health Day’s theme for 2020 was ‘Greater Access for All’. Our Young Ambassadors have written blogs to explore some of the challenges of reaching out for help as a young person. We’re adding to this series with a blog exploring why you don’t need to worry what friends, family, or your work will think about you seeking support for your mental health.
What Will Other People Think?
First of all, I’d just like to say, I’m proud of you for reading this post. The fact you are here means you have overcome the hardest step, which is realising that you deserve help. Now you’re here though, you may feel a wave of anxiety at the thought of telling a loved one, your boss, or whomever they may be, that you need support. Hopefully, by the end of this post, you will feel confident enough to get in contact with us and take care of your mental health. You are, at the end of the day, the most important person in your life, so you need to take care of YOU.
Telling someone that you need to spend some focused time improving your mental wellbeing is not something you have to do. It is your decision whether you tell someone or not, but we recommend sharing with at least one person in your life whom you trust (who can be anyone), so that they can support you on your mental health journey. You may find that the person you share this information with may be a little confused at first, this is ok, mental health can be confusing. We have resources on our website that you may want to share with them. They may then be better equipped to understand what you are going through, without you having to put it into words yourself. Which can understandably, be very difficult.
What Happens Next?
Once you have someone to support you, there’s no pressure to tell anyone else if it is too difficult. Our services are completely confidential, which means it is not possible for anyone to access this information apart from yourself, and allocated members of our team – all of which someone will run through with you the first time you get into contact with us.
Concern about your mental health impacting your chances in life are actually quite common, but they shouldn’t be. Whilst there is definitely still room for development, our understanding of mental health is the most thorough it has ever been. This means a lot of employers nowadays are more knowledgeable of mental health and may even understand that a healthy mind often means a stronger work ethic, which works out great for employers. So essentially, focusing on your mental health is becoming more and more natural and the smart thing to do, not only for now, but for the future.
If you want need help finding the right words to talk to someone about your mental health check out these resources:
Thanks to our Young Ambassador Olivia, for writing this inspiring blog.
This is the last in our series of blogs on accessing support, thank you to all our young ambassadors for their amazing content.