In our last mental health series article, we discussed the importance of providing support to family and friends in their time of need. With our next installment, we want to focus on finding support when you are in a time of need.
If you are experiencing changes in mood, rough times managing stress, depression or anxiety, asking for help and being transparent about your health is an effective course of action toward recovery. Finding support through friends, physicians, and community support groups can be the key to ensuring you or your loved ones are surrounded by care when they need it.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) lists some helpful ways to cope during your time of need. These include seeking out support groups, visiting a local doctor, and consulting a trusted school counselor or administrator. NAMI also advises that anyone struggling should know that there is always help to those who need it. You don’t have to face your struggles alone, and the steps you take to getting better will be worth it.
NAMI also offers many resources on how to ask for help, understanding your diagnosis, tips on staying healthy and even how to maintain healthy work-life balance.
No matter what you or your loved one may be dealing with, it is important to know that there are people and resources dedicated to helping you. We hope that the resources available on this site help those in need feel comfortable reaching out and asking for help. Some of these resources include articles from the Benefits.gov mental health series as well programs you can find by browsing through the Healthcare and Medical Assistance and Financial Assistance categories.
We encourage you to explore these resources and to take the Benefit Finder questionnaire to see if you or a loved one may be eligible for any additional benefits.