Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

Six years ago I spent a week in a psychiatric ward to be assessed as I was a danger to myself. This was the first time I had suffered from a very severe mental health episode.

At the time I put the episode down to life pressures which were swirling around me and to be honest I foolishly didn’t take it as seriously as I should have done. I thought it was just a once in a life time event caused by a perfect storm.

Four years later it happened again. It was only then that I realised that I needed real help. There was something within me that needed to be helped and the external pressures were just a trigger for something much deeper.

Both times I made the near fatal mistake of not asking for help. Both times I was lucky to get through it.

My message for this post is please don’t be afraid to ask for help and don’t put it off. Putting it off may just make the problems worse as in my case.

We are all strong and it’s a sign of strength to know when you need help and ask for it.

Blessed Be.

13 thoughts on “Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

  1. In England, more than in the US, I think, psychiatry always wore a stigma, as in “strong people can deal with life’s difficulties, psychiatry is for sissies”. I don’t know that that was true but it’s the way I felt. I never told my family that I was seeing therapists because I knew they would shrug their shoulders and think I had been influenced by American friends.
    Hopefully, times have changed. Certainly over here (in the USA) having a therapist is almost like having a car.
    But stigmas and misconceptions aside, one should never hesitate to seek help. I wasn’t at all sure psychiatry would help me but I was desperate and decided anything was worth a try. The thing is, it is never going to be an instant fix. I think a lot of people give up on it because they still feel miserable after months of therapy, but you have to persist.
    I don’t think I’ve said this very well but my message is YES ASK FOR HELP!!! Thanks Stuart for your blog. These things all help!

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    1. I agree. Therapy for me at first was hard and at points I actually felt I was going backwards but you do need to stick it out and then the benefit comes. As they say you can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs.

      You’re welcome on the blog and thank you so much for contributing. It really helps if a few of us to get our of views across. It is very much appreciated.

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  2. Knowing that one needs help is the first step towards road to recovery. And it is completely okay to ask for help. Strong people also need help. Asking for help doesn’t makes one weak. Great reminder 👍

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  3. It is humbling to ask for help. Many times we like to feel that we are invincible and able to do everything on our own. Asking for help and taking it, can mean the difference between life and death. Pretending that everything is fine, when it is not, does not help anyone. Stuart, thank you for your courage and honesty.

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