We’re so glad that you’ve come to this page and we hope to offer you some guidance. We have also listed a number of RESOURCES you may find helpful.
If you are here, you most likely have some questions about what to do when you are emotionally distraught. Whether you are the only person noticing the changes going on, or other people have mentioned to you that things seem different, if you need help, you have come to the right place.
Emotional challenges can be the most difficult thing to cope with as they interfere with your ability to manage your everyday activities. Getting out of bed, going to school or work, making decisions about what to eat, or even getting dressed can be increasingly difficult. During these times, we tend to isolate ourselves, sometimes because we don’t know where to turn.
Isolation and silence are your biggest enemies! Nobody should ever feel ashamed about facing any sort of mental health issue. Consider reaching out as there are people who want to help you.
For youth, your school counselor is an excellent resource. They have a list of the resources that are available in your area and can help you make a plan that will work for you.
If you are more confident in your relationship with your parents, talk directly with them first, or another adult you trust. It is good to talk to your friends; however, it is important to have an adult contact. Also, your family doctor will be able to assess your emotional stability and coping skills and determine if you should be referred to a see a psychiatrist.
Create a support network of people and write them out in a list and you find that someone you care about wants to help you.
Come out to a Teens2Twenties support group meeting held every Wednesday from 7-8:30 pm at the Quadra Village Community Centre at 901 Kings road, Victoria BC.
This group is for young adults 15-25 affected by any mental illness such as anxiety, borderline personality disorder, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or just for anyone experiencing a mental health concern of any kind.
You do not have to be ‘diagnosed’, so if you are facing any mental health challenge – YOU are welcome!
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