Saturday, 22 February 2014

Feeling Down? Connect With Someone Right Now!

Are you really okay? Is there anyone who you could talk to about being upset? Are you at risk?

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You're not alone. 3 million Australians are living with depression or anxiety according to Beyond Blue.

Maybe you're not sure whether you have a problem. It only takes a minute to try the Anxiety and Depression Checklist to find out.

There are times when we all have problems that seem too big to sort out on our own. If you’re feeling like this, one of the best things you can do is talk to someone. While it’s important that you let your friends know how you’re feeling, it’s often best to talk to an adult or a professional – just because they’re likely to know more about what to do.

Who are you going to talk to?

When you know you need help, it can be difficult to decide who to talk to. Sometimes it’s easier to talk to someone you don’t know about what’s troubling you.

Seeing a General Practitioner (GP) is a good place to start. If you have particular concerns that you want to talk through, there are counsellors who specialise in different issues - like family problems, schooling and careers, alcohol, drugs, pregnancy and abuse. If you need to talk to someone right away or don’t feel ready to see a counsellor or doctor, you could try telephone counselling services, which are available free or for the cost of a local call.

Remember, if you need to talk to someone right now, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Help Line on 1800 55 1800.

Read more about people who may help from the Beyond Blue fact sheet.

One way to connect, or simply discover stories about other people's journeys, is to try the Beyond Blue Online Forum. You can anonymously chat to others who have dealt with the similar issues and professional councillors.

Remember, you deserved to be loved and many people want to help. Don't be afraid to ask if you are okay?

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