We all go through tough times and sometimes can’t solve problems by ourselves. It is courageous to recognise and ask for help if you need it for any sort of problem.

Asking for Help

Asking for help can be really hard, especially if you feel stressed or confused. 

Getting the support you need during tough times can help you get through the situation, give you strategies to deal with the situation and give you some perspective.

Blocks to asking for help

  • Thinking a problem will go away by itself
  • Being embarrassed or afraid to ask for help
  • Thinking you should be able to cope without help
  • Thinking no one wants to help or will understand
  • Thinking things aren’t bad enough to seek help
  • Not knowing where to find help
  • Lack of support services nearby
  • Thinking you’ll be judged
  • Thinking help is too expensive/time consuming

What are the benefits for me once I get help?

  • Feeling less stressed
  • Relief about sharing your thoughts/feelings
  • Finding strategies and ways to cope
  • Gaining some perspective
  • Reducing your sense of loneliness
  • Building stronger relationships with friends and family
  • Prevent problems getting bigger
  • Can learn to help others

Where to go for help

  • Your GP / Doctor
  • Friends and family
  • Phone helplines like Lifeline (13 11 14)
  • Books, magazines and online resources
  • Experts & professionals – psychologists, counsellors, financial advisors, legal professionals, ministers, career advisors, teachers etc

What can you do to help?  What if you are going through a crisis yourself and need support?