Asking for help

We’ve talked a lot on this blog about different changes you can make in your daily life to help yourself feel better. Part of that that we haven’t really talked about it reaching out to an organization or a mental health professional for help.

Learnin ways to take care of yourself day to day is a fantastic form of self-care. But we also need to know when to acknowledge - and be okay with the fact that - we need help. 

Organtizations

It can be scary or intimidating. It might feel weird if you’ve never done it before. But seeking the resources from local organizations (like Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba - who we love to support) can be really helpful.  

Each one offers different expertise and services. So you’ll be able to find one that has the information and support you want. We’ll provide links to some local ones here in Manitoba and Canada at the bottom of this post. 

Therapy

Another way to get help is to try therapy. It may not be as easily accessible of an option for everyone - but find out if you have any benefits you can use towards these kinds of sessions. Or you check and see if there’s someone you can see at your local clinic. 

Therapy can be really helpful and help you learn more about yourself. You can look up different ones online too so you can find which one might be the right fit for you.

Sometimes we need a little extra help and that is totally normal and okay. It’s not a negative thing - and it can even turn into a journey of learning more about yourself.

These people and places exist because they want to help you. There’s no shame in taking advantage of those things. Sometimes self-care does mean asking for help and recognizing that’s something we need to do. 

But if you’re struggling, please see what options are out there. Take a second to see if it really is something you might want to look into more.  

It can feel odd to ask for help sometimes - especially from strangers. Our family and friends can be amazing supports but sometimes that extra outside help is good to have.

You don’t have to do anything alone, and you shouldn’t have to.

Jennifer P