Because it is officially Eating Disorders Awareness Week, I am dedicating a blog post to tips on finding mental health resources when you are in need.
I understand that finding help can be hard; and even getting yourself to look for help can be hard. It takes time and can be quite frustrating.
I promise you, it can be done. I have managed to make significant progress in the past several months by going to counseling regularly and implementing new habits into my life. I won’t go into detail about that because it’s very personal. However, I want to talk about how I got to where I am now.
Disclaimer: Like always, I am not a mental health professional, just a college student with one general psych credit and some yoga training. If you have further concerns I recommend speaking with a professional!
Here are my tips:
- Get a referral: If you know of a family member or friend who has had success with a certain doctor, see if you can get a referral. That person might not be right for you, but they might be able to point you in the direction of someone who can.
- If you are a student, see what is offered on campus: A lot of colleges offer free psychological services to students, which is a great place to start.
- Find good books: Reading books about recovery actually helped a lot when I was getting through my eating disorder. It isn’t hard to find books nowadays, and they might really help you understand your symptoms and how to help them. Make sure the books are legitimate and won’t be triggering.
- Seek out support groups: Depending on what you’re struggling with, you might be able to find local support groups that you can attend. They’re not for everyone, but some people have a lot of success with them. Mental disorders can feel very isolating so knowing you are not alone can help with the process.
- Check the app store: There are actually a lot of apps and hotlines out there now for crisis. I know not everyone is comfortable dialing a hotline, but in emergency situations, they are always available.
Those are my general tips for finding help. I know how hard it can be, but once you find something that works, it is well worth it!
Good luck and be well.