5 Ways to Seek Support From Family and Friends
When people ask me how they can seek support from family and friends, I often tell them that the best way is to just start talking. Many people have trouble opening up about their struggles with mental health because they’re afraid of being judged or misunderstood. But when you actually tell someone what’s going on in your life, it becomes easier to get help by asking for it directly. Speaking up can save lives—sometimes literally! If you want to talk about something important in your own life but don’t know where to go first, try one of these strategies:
Let people know what you need
If your friends or family members are giving you a hard time about doing something, tell them how much it’s stressing you out and how much of an impact this is having on your life. It may seem like a small thing, but being able to say “I’m stressed out by this” will go a long way in making sure they understand what’s going on with their efforts—and hopefully back off!
Get professional help if you need it
If you find that you are struggling with depression or anxiety, it is important to seek professional help. A therapist can help you identify the sources of your problems and develop strategies for dealing with them. They can also provide support during difficult times and make sure that your treatment plan includes a mix of counseling sessions and medications.
There are many types of mental health care professionals available in the US: psychologists ( Freudian psychoanalysts), psychiatrists (neurologists), social workers/social work specialists like licensed clinical social workers ( LCSW), pastoral counselors/pastoral counselors-in-training ( PCIT) and marriage & family therapists who have completed an additional training program in marital & family therapy from accredited university programs such as Marriage & Family Therapy Institute at Antioch University Seattle Campus .
Resist the urge to isolate yourself
When you isolate yourself, it can make you feel worse. You need to be around people who care about you and support your recovery. It’s OK to ask for help if needed.
Ask for in-person visits or phone calls
In-person visits and phone calls are the best ways to get emotional support from family and friends. They’re also the most natural, since they’re not complicated or time-consuming for people who live far away from you.
In-person visits happen when a friend comes to your house, or you go visit them at theirs. You can invite friends over for dinner, or simply eat together in their kitchen while they cook something delicious (like my favorite thing: homemade pizza). If it’s easier for your friend to come over on their own time than yours, ask them if they’d like some company!
Phone calls are another great option—and even better if there are more than one person involved because then everyone gets what they need! Instead of hanging out all day long while talking about nothing important though… try asking this question instead: “Could I come by today?”
Call someone if you feel overwhelmed or suicidal
If you feel overwhelmed and suicidal, call a friend or family member. You can also call 911 if you are in a life-threatening situation. If your friend is not available, try to find someone else who is willing to listen and will help in whatever way they can (e.g., by giving advice).
Friends and family members may be able to give advice on how best to handle certain situations (e.g., finding employment), but this kind of support won’t always be there for you during times when things seem particularly difficult—and that’s okay! You don’t need anyone else around all the time; sometimes it’s enough just having someone there who knows how much pain medication helps ease those feelings of hopelessness that come from being overwhelmed with stress at work or home responsibilities like caring for an elderly parent who needs help getting around independently because she no longer drives anymore due to arthritis pain caused by old age disease.”
Asking for help is hard, but it’s important to do
It can be difficult to know what kind of help you need and who will be able to provide it. You may have tried asking different people for help in the past and not gotten anything back—or worse yet, received some negative feedback that made matters worse. It’s important that we ask for support from those around us when we need it most; if someone is able to give us a hand up or listen without judgment (even if they don’t know all the details), then they’re going above and beyond what was expected from them!