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HOW TO GET HELP

Reaching out for help or support is often the most challenging part of improving mental health, and stigma plays a significant role in that challenge. 

Recall the quiz from earlier and look at some of the incorrect answers. Each incorrect assumption contributes to the barrier between seeking support for those struggling in silence. 

Even if they do not hear these things directly from others, these misconceptions are so ingrained in our society that it can be easy to internalize these beliefs to be true. They may think: “maybe I am faking it?” or “people will treat me differently if they know” or “I have to figure this out all on my own”. These internalized beliefs may further contribute to isolation and can impact self-esteem.

 

It's hard to ask for help, but we also can do everything on our own. Sometimes we need a little support. Support that is nonjudgmental and does not contribute to stigma.

 

Call for Help, Inc. respects the importance of reducing stigma and the many other barriers that get in the way of others seeking help. We offer many programs that help provide support, including our free walk-in program (The Living Room), therapy for mental health support (Community Counseling), and a variety of support groups (Understanding Our Minds).

 

For those seeking support, we know that it is a huge first step. Reaching out to a supportive friend or loved one can feel safer and more comfortable. Let them know that you need some support, even if you just want them to help you get connected with other resources. 

 

If you aren’t comfortable talking with a friend or loved one about your mental health, search for mental health support in your area. Many different community resources can offer groups where individuals with similar struggles can join together and support one another. Groups can be a great resource for feeling supported and not alone but may be intimidating for some.

 

Therapy and counseling offer a safe and supportive environment for individuals to explore their challenges and move toward a better life. Counselors/therapists provide space to be heard and understood and can offer different skills, tools, and strategies for dealing with the impact of mental health challenges.

 

Call for Help’s Community Counseling program offers these skills and more. The program was founded on the principles of providing quality care in an accessible way. We accept Medicaid and most private insurance, but we also know that financial barriers can get in the way of receiving support. For individuals without insurance, we offer a sliding scale fee based on income, and can even offer free therapy services for some individuals. 

 

The Living Room at Call For Help provides a safe, comfortable space to get immediate help with mental health challenges. You can see a peer specialist, which is someone who has personal experience with mental illness. Services are free of charge and no appointment is necessary. We are here to listen, teach coping skills, and connect you with different resources in the area.

 

Understanding Our Minds is a new program at Call For Help. It is a collection of mutual-help groups and activities with topics ranging from depression to addiction and more. Check out our group schedule here.

We are here to help.