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Being There For Him

By on September 20, 2015

Mental health issues are common. One in five American adults experienced a mental health issue and one in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression in 2011. If you have, or believe you may have, mental health problem, it can be helpful to talk about these issues with others. It can be scary to reach out for help, but it is often the first step to helping you heal, grow, and recover.

Find someone—like a parent, family member, teacher, faith leader, health care provider, etc. who:

  • Gives good advice when you want and ask for it; assists you in taking action that will help
  • Likes, respects, and trusts you and who you like, respect, and trust, too
  • Allows you the space to change, grow, make decisions, and even make mistakes
  • Listens to you and shares with you, both the good and bad times
  • Respects your need for confidentiality so you can tell him or her anything
  • Lets you freely express your feelings and emotions without judging, teasing, or criticizing

Recovery is a process of change where individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. Studies show that most people with mental health problems get better, and many recover completely. Get a free recovery guide here.

You may want to develop a written recovery plan. Recovery plans:

  • Enable you to identify goals for achieving wellness
  • Specify what you can do to reach those goals
  • Can be daily activities as well as longer term goals
  • Track your mental health problem

There are also a lot of trained mental health professionals of color around the country. Contact The National Association of Black Social Workers, The Association of Black Psychologists, Black Mental Health Alliance, or even websites like BlackMentalHealthNet.com.

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If you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals. And if the situation is potentially life-threatening, get immediate emergency assistance by calling 911.


Content for this article provided by Mentalhealth.gov.