Asking for Help

Asking for help can be really hard, especially if you feel stressed or confused. Getting the support you need during tough times can help you get through the situation, give you strategies to deal with the situation and give you some perspective.

Blocks to asking for help

Thinking a problem will go away by itself
Being embarrassed or afraid to ask for help
Thinking you should be able to cope without help
Thinking no one wants to help or will understand
Thinking things aren’t bad enough to seek help
Not knowing where to find help
Lack of support services nearby
Thinking you’ll be judged
Thinking help is too expensive/time consuming

What are the benefits for me once I get help?

Feeling less stressed
Relief about sharing your thoughts/feelings
Finding strategies and ways to cope
Gaining some perspective
Reducing your sense of loneliness
Building stronger relationships with friends and family
Prevent problems getting bigger
Can learn to help others
We all go through tough times and sometimes can’t solve problems by ourselves. It is courageous to recognise and ask for help if you need it for any sort of problem.

Where to go for help

Your GP
Friends and family
Phone helplines like Lifeline
Books, magazines and online resources
Experts & professionals – psychologists, counsellors, financial advisors, legal professionals, ministers, career advisors, teachers etc