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Help yourself. Help a friend. Talk to someone.

I’m in crisis! What do I do?
I don’t know what’s wrong…
I think I need to talk to someone.
My friend needs help.
How can I help my friend?

These and many more questions about getting help are answered in mindyourmind’s Help section. When we looked at where you guys are spending the majority of time on mindyourmind.ca, we found that you wanted more information about how to get help for yourselves and your friends. The Help section and Mental Illnesses sections were in the Top 10 most viewed website sections. So we’ve added a ton more information about how you can get help, what you can expect from therapy or counselling, how to prepare for your first session and much much more!

Split up into three main sections, the Help pages provide information for the individual in I Need Help, information about talking to a doctor, counsellor or therapist in Talk To Someone, and information on how to help a friend in My Friend Needs Help. In each of these sections, you’ll find information to guide you through every step of the way in getting help for yourself or a friend. Dealing with overwhelming circumstances, emotions, mental health issues or suicide can be very scary and reaching out for help can be equally as scary. Whether you need to call 911 or a crisis line, go to the hospital, wait for help to arrive, or get prepared for your first counselling appointment; in the help section, you will find supportive information on what you can expect.

Written with input from youth that have experienced mental health issues themselves and that reached out for help in various ways, you will find info in the help section that lets you know why you should get help and treatment and also how to go about doing so. People with a lot of stress often find it helps to talk to a professional and the help pages provide the guidance on how to get started. Some resources you can expect to find include: information about confidentiality, the counselling relationship, how to communicate with your doctor or therapist, and helpful checklists and forms to help you get organized, to name just a few.

In addition to providing you with information on how you can help a friend through a tough time, in How Can I Help My Friend and Setting Boundaries, you will also find important info about how to ensure you’re not neglecting your own needs while being there for someone else. Tips on Self Care and signs to watch for can help you set healthy relationship boundaries.

To start getting help for yourself or a friend, go to the Help section now to get started.

Read Erin’s blog post about her involvement in the development of the Help section.

- Originally published in 2012