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When and how to seek additional help

If you are experiencing any of the following, it is important that you seek additional, professional help:

  • Feeling really down or stressed for a couple of weeks or more (to the point where it is interfering with your personal and/or work life)
  • Having thoughts about ending your life
  • Increasing relationship problems/ arguments
  • Using large amounts of alcohol or other substances to try to cope
  • Disturbed sleep patterns and/or nightmares
  • Dramatic changes in behaviour (e.g. unable to get out of bed)
  • Feeling unusually angry (at yourself, others or the world)
  • Feeling powerless to dealing with strong feelings or physical symptoms
  • Feeling ‘useless’ or as though you are not worth much as a person
  • Feeling numb, empty and unable to enjoy activities you previously enjoyed
  • Enduring painful emotions; and feelings of tension, agitation and being on edge
  • Having limited social support/ people you can talk to
  • Hearing voices
  • Having thoughts about harming others

One of the best places to start is to make contact with your GP practice (if they are open).

If you are unsure about how to talk to your GP about how you feel, watch how John did it, by clicking play below.

  •  This script may also help, click here to download. You can print this, fill in the boxes and use it to help guide your conversation.

For information on what to do in a crisis and contact details for telephone-based services, click here.

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