Talking is a strength, not a weakness

This article was first published on 19 May 2021

In challenging times it is so important for our mental health to try and stay connected with others. Talking about how you’re feeling can be a way to cope, and it shouldn’t be seen as a sign of weakness.

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If you need support

You should always tell someone about the things you’re worried about. You can tell a friend, parent, guardian, teacher or another trusted adult. If you're struggling with your mental health, going to your GP can be a good place to start to find help. Your GP can let you know what support is available to you, suggest different types of treatment and offer regular check-ups to see how you’re doing.

If you're in need of in-the-moment support you can contact Shout 85258. It's a free, 24/7 text messenger support service for anyone in the UK. Text the word “SHOUT” to 85258 to start a conversation.

There are more links to helpful organisations on BBC Action Line.

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