It’s ok to ask for help. It’s ok to ask for and take medication. You are a stronger person for doing it. Failure would be continuing to struggle without doing anything about it.

It is hard to ask for help. Is is hard to admit that you’re struggling. But you must do it. You’ll never get better unless you do. You need support, you deserve to get better, you are amazing, believe in yourself.

I know how difficult it is to ask for help. I am surrounded by people who don’t understand mental health. I had to look out for myself. I had to work incredibly hard to understand what was going on with my brain. And when it got really bad I knew I had to ask for help. I turned to my GP.

If you’re feeling like you don’t need or don’t deserve help… ponder this… if you had a broken arm you’d go to the hospital, get an X-ray, have a cast put on and take painkillers. So why should you treat mental health illness any differently?

Ring a friend, make an appointment with your doctor, delegate work, delegate chores, email someone, book yourself on to a course, ring your local support groups, speak to one of the mental health charities. There are people who will understand and can help you.

Make the first step, reach out, ask for help.

Here are some places to start:

Mind

The Samaritans

NHS

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