Where To Turn For Help

Posted on August, 31st 2015

Even when it feels like no-one cares, there are always people there to listen to you. You shouldn’t have to worry about whether your problems are important enough – if it matters to you, then it’s important.

Friends & Family

There are always people around you – whether you’re at school, work, or home. Make sure it’s someone that you know and trust, and who makes you feel accepted and supported. They may or may not be able to actually do anything, but they’re around you regularly, and can be there for you when you need it. If you’re not ready to actually talk with them, try writing it down in a letter and giving it to them.

Your GP

Don’t forget that GPs are there to help with whatever problem you’re having, whether it’s physical or mental. GPs are often able to refer you to counselling within your local area, if that’s what you’d like. A doctor who’s treated your family for years might have a better understanding of your situation, and be able to advise on the best steps to take.


There’s often counselling available through schools and universities, and some workplaces offer counselling too. It’s worth asking to see what options you have. There’s also outside counselling services you can go to – a GP should be able to refer you. You can also search online for counselling services in your area, if you want help but don’t want to go through a doctor.
The main thing to remember is that counselling doesn’t make you “crazy” – it’s just the chance to talk to someone.


You might find it more helpful to talk to someone outside of your situation. There are loads of helplines available – some are aimed at different people, but they’re all there to listen to you. A couple of them even offer text/email services if you’re not ready to talk out loud yet.

National Self-Harm Network

Get Connected
0808 808 4994
Text 80849

0800 1111

116 123

01708 765 200

CALL Helpline
0800 132 737
Text “Help” to 81066

0845 767 8000

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