Are you having a rough day? Have you been feeling down for a while? Everyone goes through tough times, and no matter how long you’ve had something on your mind it’s important that you talk to someone about it. You don’t have to confront your setbacks alone. Here are a few of the benefits of talking to someone about how you’re feeling.
Put things in perspective. If you’ve been keeping things to yourself, a situation might seem more overwhelming than it actually is. Talk to someone outside the situation as they may be more neutral about what’s going on because the outcome won’t affect him or her personally. Just “getting the problem out” can help you feel better and release built-up tension.
Talk to anyone you trust, this could be a friend, family member, teacher, or counselor.
If you’re facing a crisis and need help immediately, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Trained volunteers are available 24/7. For more information on who can help you might also want to check out the Get Help section.
Acknowledgement: This fact sheet was originally developed by youth and staff at ReachOut.com, a website that helps teens get through tough times.