Sometimes in your life, you will experience feelings that are very difficult and cause negative emotions. If these feelings last for long periods of time and you feel like you can’t deal with them by yourself, it is okay to reach out for help. You don’t have to suffer on your own. Other people just like you have these feeling too. We all have bad days; typically, we know that the next day will be better. However, if you start feeling like every day will be bad, it’s time to reach out. Whether you feel sad, have consistently low energy levels, feel alone, nervous, and anxious about things happening in your personal life or in the world around us, all these feelings are valid! Talking to someone you trust about how you feel can really help.
What to look for:
Signs of extreme distress
Unusual or drastic changes in a person’s demeanor.
Troubles in relationships with significant others.
Falling behind in school or at work; becoming unusually irresponsible.
Always seem tired, bored, or withdrawn.
Complaining of stomach aches, headaches.
Irritable and lacking concentration; pre-occupied.
A change in eating and sleeping habits.
Worsening unkept appearance.
Giving away meaningful possessions.
Writing notes, poems, or listening to music about death.
Talking about suicide or dying.
Experienced losing someone to suicide.
Previous self-harm or suicide attempts.
What to say to someone that might be struggling emotionally:
Do you ever feel (scared, angry, lonely, frustrated)?
I understand that must be difficult, how can I help you?
If you want to talk, I’m always here to listen to you, not to judge you.
Do you even have harmful thoughts?
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