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What to do if you’re not OK

You’ve got a problem. It’s time to solve it.

A week or so ago we were all asking after each other’smental health, but that doesn’t automatically fix all our problems. If you’renot feeling OK within yourself – whether it’s a temporary downturn or somethingmore long-term, there are some steps you can take to make things better. Noneof them are going to magically make you alright, but they’re worth doing.

Reach out for support

This might mean talking to a family member or friend youtrust, someone who can be a support, listen to what you’re going through andgive you some support. Not everybody is lucky enough to have an angel like thisin their life, of course, but there are some organisations you can contact.Details are below.

Talk to your GP about seeing a mental health professional

Your doctor – or any GP at the local medical centre – will beable to point you in the right direction to speak to someone about what’shappening. Here’sa guide we prepared earlier, so you’ll be informed on what to expect andwhat to ask. This might involve therapy or medication, or could be a plan youwork on together to get your mental health back on track. Remember: it’s allconfidential.

Be kind to yourself

Don’t beat yourself up for not being OK. It’s really common, for starters, and isn’t something to be ashamed of. On top of this, try to make the effort to go for a walk or do some exercise. Spend time with friends, even if you aren’t feeling it. Watch a show, play a game or listen to music that makes you “happy”. All that’s easier said than done some days, so give yourself a pat on the back for getting out of bed and having a shower. (Seriously, have a shower.)

Resources

Headspace

Help with tough times for 14-25 year olds

1800 650 890

Lifeline

13 11 14

Qlife

Support for LGBTI people and families

1800 184 527

Suicide Callback Service

1300 659 467

People at risk of suicide, carers and bereaved

1800 55 1800

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