There are certain situations and events in life that are challenging for anyone like break-ups, tragedies or the death of a loved one. Sometimes it feels like we have to weather these tough times alone, but that’s not the case. Talking about our feelings with friends and family members can make us feel less alone and make it easier to process our emotions. And mental health professionals like counselors or psychologists are trained to help us work through those events and situations that impact our emotional health.

Whether we’re struggling with sadness, stress, loneliness, anxiety or anger — when emotions start interfering with our lives, it just makes sense to talk with someone and get our emotional health checked out the same way we would if we were experiencing physical pain.

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. Many of us have felt that and 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 our feelings can be hard. But nothing is harder than holding it 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 page for the real stories of people who have reached out for help and taken control of their emotional health.