Who to talk to?
We’re always encouraging people going through a tough time to talk to someone outside the situation. It can sound like a simplistic solution to your troubles but can help you sort out what’s in your head, put things in perspective and it releases a bit of tension.
But when you are going through a stressful or upsetting time, it can be hard to know who to turn to.
Friends and family
Some people find it easier to open up to some one they know. Friends and family can be great for listening and can also support you by helping you access services in your area. Read support from friends and family.
GPs are trained to deal with a wide range of issues and can give you advice and refer you on to other services that you may feel you need. This video explains everything you need to know about going to see your GP.
Counsellors are great to talk to and can help you sort out your feelings and help you come up with solutions to deal with stuff you are going through. Your doctor can tell you about counsellors in your area or look up Counselling Directory for details of a service near you.
All counsellors are different and can use different styles of therapies. It may take a while to find a counsellor you feel comfortable with and a therapy that suits you, but it’s worth it! Read about the different types of therapies and if you decide to go that route what to expect on your first counsellor visit.
School or college counsellor
These services are usually free. You can talk to them about school or things that are going on at home. Each school has a different policy on how to make an appointment with the school counsellor. You can ask a trusted teacher, check your school or college website or contact the students union to find out your schools policy.
For more information on services that can help you check out the services explained section of our site.