When you’re struggling with mental health challenges, it can be tough to know where to turn for help. You may feel like you’re all alone, or that you don’t deserve help. You may also worry about what other people will think if you reach out for support.
The Help-Seeking Worksheet from Erika’s Lighthouse is a tool designed to help students overcome these barriers and get the support they need. The worksheet is divided into three sections:
- Identifying needs: This section asks a person to think about what kind of help they’re looking for. Are you feeling overwhelmed and need someone to talk to? Are you struggling with a specific issue, such as anxiety or depression? Once the needs are identified, they can start to brainstorm a list of potential resources.
- Evaluating resources: This section helps a person assess the different resources available. They may want to talk to friends, family, or a trusted professional for recommendations.
- Making a plan: Once a resource is chosen, it’s time to make a plan for how to get started. This could involve scheduling an appointment, calling a hotline, or visiting a website. The important thing is for the student to take action and reach out for help.
The Help-Seeking Worksheet is an Optional Program Addition, to supplement student learning and understanding happening in the classroom. It is a valuable tool for anyone who is struggling with mental health challenges. It can help a person overcome the barriers to getting help and take steps towards feeling better.
Here are some additional tips for getting help:
- Talk to someone you trust. This could be a friend, family member, therapist, or religious leader.
- Call a hotline. There are many hotlines available 24/7 that can provide support and resources, such as the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifelife.
- Visit a website. There are many websites that offer information and resources on mental health.
- Seek professional help. If you are struggling with a mental health challenge, it is important to seek professional help. A therapist can help you understand your challenges and develop coping mechanisms.
Remember, you are not alone. There are people who care about you and want to help. Don’t hesitate to reach out for support.