How to ask for help when you’re afraid to do so

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

Here’s what’s happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

  • Are You Afraid to Ask for Mental Health Help?
  • Help Spread Awareness of Mental Illness
  • Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
  • From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
  • Stand Up for Mental Health
  • Raising Challenging Children
  • Latest Mental Health News

How to ask for help when you're afraid to do so

Are You Afraid to Ask for Mental Health Help?

Some people are afraid to ask for mental health help. They may be suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, severe anxiety, but they can’t bring themselves to ask for help. Our blogger, Chris Curry, addresses this serious issue in an article titled, “The Stigma of Seeking Help”. He talks about why it’s difficult. I want to address how to ask for mental health help.

Asking for Mental Health Help

  1. Acceptance that you need help. For many, this is the most difficult step. Some may feel like they have to swallow their pride. Think to yourself, “What will happen if I don’t get outside help?” And remember, everybody needs help at some time in their lives. You’re no exception. And the person you are asking may need help from you in the future.
  2. What do you need help with? Figure it out. Be specific. It makes it easier to ask for help and for the person to know exactly what mental health help you need.
  3. Find the right person to help. Obviously, if it’s an emergency, anyone will have to do. Otherwise, of all the people you know, consider who is most suited to the task and likely to say “yes.”
  4. If appropriate and possible, pay for the help. For instance, if someone is driving you around, offer to pay for gas if you can.
  5. Don’t take advantage of friends. Don’t call at 5 a.m. when it’s not an emergency. If possible, don’t turn to the same person all the time.
  6. People like to help. Keep in mind that, generally speaking, people want to help someone who really needs help and is grateful for the help. Don’t forget to say “thank you” and offer to reciprocate if the need arises.

If you want to know where to get mental health help, this article touches a lot of the bases.

Related Mental Health Help Information

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  • ADD Help: Where to Get Help for ADHD
  • Help for Drug Addiction and How to Help a Drug Addict
  • Where to Get Anxiety Help? And How to Help Someone with Anxiety
  • Bipolar Help: Self-Help For Bipolar and How to Help a Bipolar Loved One
  • How Can I Teach Others to Help Me Deal With My Depression?
  • Eating Disorder Help: Where to Get Help for Eating Disorders?
  • OCD Help and OCD Self Help
  • Hair Pulling Help. Trichotillomania Support
  • Schizophrenia Help: For Family Members and Schizophrenia Patients

Your Thoughts

Today’s Question: What is the best way to ask for mental health help? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

Help Spread Awareness of Mental Illness

Get Our Mental Health Blog Widget

Over 300 sites and blogs are helping spread awareness of mental illness. How about putting our mental health blogs widget on your website, blog or social page? The latest HealthyPlace blog headlines appear as soon as the articles are posted on our site. Just click “Get Widget” at the bottom of the widget, grab the embed code and paste it into your page. You’ll also see embed links for WordPress, Blogger, Linkedin and other social sites there.

As a bonus, put the blogs widget on your site or blog, email us (info AT with a page link where it appears, and we’ll give a shoutout to your site, blog, or social site on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Share our Stories

At the top and bottom of all our stories, you’ll find social share buttons for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest and other social sites. If you find a particular story, video, psychological test or other HealthyPlace feature helpful, there’s a good chance others in need will too. Please share.

We also get many inquiries about our linking policy. If you have a website or blog, you can link to any page on the HealthyPlace website without asking us beforehand.

Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

If you’re not already, I hope you’ll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.

From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

Are you interested in trauma disorders, including PTSD? A lot of HealthyPlace members are. So we’re happy to announce that trauma therapist, Tom Cloyd, is joining Michele Rosenthal on the “Trauma! A PTSD Blog.”

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.

Stand Up for Mental Health

Hiding Mental Illness

Mental health stigma will stick around so long as people with mental illness continue to feel they have to remain in hiding. Stand Up for Yourself. Stand Up for Mental Health.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Let others know there’s no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

Raising Challenging Children

Raising challenging children can turn the parenting journey into a minefield of mistakes and mishaps. Not to worry though. Dr. Steven Richfield, “The Parenting Coach,” has some parenting advice on raising challenging children.

Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • The Suicide Detective
  • Clues in the Cycle of Suicide
  • Happier Spending
  • Privacy and the Threat to the Self
  • Success Redefined: Are You Better Off Than You Think?
  • The Better Sex: Are Men and Women Really That Different?
  • Growing Pains: Surviving Your Child’s Adolescence
  • Are You A Brooder?
  • Patient Suicide And Homicide Risk Often Missed Say Researchers
  • Fights Between Siblings Linked To Poor Mental Health
  • Psychosis-based Bipolar Differentiation Challenges DSM
  • Sleep Apnea Rife in Bipolar Disorder
  • Imaging Data ‘Clinically Useful’ in Bipolar Diagnosis
  • Treatment Adherence Predicts Quality of Life in Schizophrenia