Mental health conditions like depression, bipolar disorder and eating disorders are all treatable. In fact, the great majority of people who seek treatment experience significant improvement. Treatment differs for each person. Sometimes talk therapy might be enough. Other people may feel best when combining talk therapy with medication. What’s true for all of us is that we have to commit to feeling better and stick with our treatment plans. And that starts by reaching out for help.
It’s not unusual for us to feel like treatment won’t work or that a stranger won’t be able to understand our problems. But many of us that have felt that way have gone on to learn that speaking to a counselor does help, that we aren’t alone in our struggles, and that we can improve the way we feel and our quality of life.
Taking that first step and talking about the pain you’re experiencing can be hard. But nothing is harder than holding that all in and struggling in silence. Visit our Find Help Now page for resources that will help you find support on your campus or in your community. If you don’t know where to start, ask a friend or family member to help out. Or call 1-800-273-TALK for confidential guidance on getting help and feeling better.
Check out the videos to the right and on our Videos page for the real stories of people who have reached out for help and taken control of their mental health.