Mental health support: How to get help when you need it

Mental health is an essential aspect of our overall well-being, but it's something that many people struggle with. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health conditions affect approximately one in four people worldwide.


Whether it's anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or another mental health condition, it's essential to seek support when you need it. There are many resources available to help you manage your mental health and improve your quality of life. In this article, we'll discuss some of the most common types of mental health support and how to access them.

Types of mental health support 


Therapy is one of the most common forms of mental health support, and it can be very effective for many people. Therapy involves talking to a trained professional about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. The therapist will work with you to identify underlying issues and develop coping strategies to manage your symptoms. There are many different types of therapy available, including cognitive-behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and interpersonal therapy.

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that focuses on identifying negative thought patterns and behaviours and replacing them with more positive ones. CBT is often used to treat anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions. Psychodynamic therapy, on the other hand, focuses on unconscious thoughts and emotions that may be influencing your behaviour. This type of therapy can be particularly useful for people with long-standing mental health conditions.

Interpersonal therapy (IPT) is a type of therapy that focuses on improving your relationships with others. This type of therapy can be particularly helpful for people with depression or anxiety related to social situations.

If you're interested in therapy, talk to your healthcare provider or insurance company to find a therapist who is covered by your insurance. You can also find therapists online through directories such as Counselling Directory or by searching for therapists in your area.


In some cases, medication can be an important part of mental health treatment. There are many different types of medication used to treat mental health conditions, including antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, and antipsychotics. Medication can be particularly effective when used in conjunction with therapy.

If your healthcare provider recommends medication, be sure to follow their instructions carefully and let them know if you experience any side effects. It's also essential to continue taking your medication as prescribed, even if you start feeling better. Stopping medication abruptly can lead to withdrawal symptoms and a recurrence of your symptoms.

Support groups

Support groups can be a helpful resource for people who are struggling with mental health conditions. Support groups provide a safe and supportive environment where people can share their experiences and learn from others who are going through similar challenges. There are many different types of support groups available, including online groups and in-person groups.

Online support groups can be particularly helpful for people who live in areas where mental health resources are scarce or for people who have mobility issues. In-person support groups can provide a sense of community and connection that can be beneficial for people with social anxiety or depression.

Many support groups are led by trained facilitators who can provide guidance and support. Support groups can be found through mental health organizations, online directories, or by asking your healthcare provider for recommendations.


Self-care can be particularly challenging for people with mental health conditions. It's important to start small and focus on activities that you enjoy and that make you feel good. It's also important to set realistic goals and not put too much pressure on yourself.

Self-care can be as simple as taking a walk outside, listening to your favorite music, or spending time with a friend. It's important to make self-care a regular part of your routine, even when you're feeling well.

Crisis support

In a mental health crisis, it's important to seek help immediately. Mental health crises can include suicidal thoughts or attempts, self-harm, severe anxiety or panic attacks, hallucinations or delusions, or other symptoms that are causing significant distress.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, there are several resources available for immediate support.

It's important to remember that seeking help during a mental health crisis is a sign of strength, not weakness. Mental health crises can be scary and overwhelming, but there are resources available to help you through it.

In conclusion, mental health support is essential for managing mental health conditions and improving overall well-being. Whether it's therapy, medication, support groups, self-care, or crisis support, there are many resources available to help you manage your mental health. It's important to reach out for help when you need it and to make mental health a priority in your life. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, and there is no shame in getting support when you need it.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Counselling Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Hope Therapy & Counselling Services, Offering Counselling, CBT, Hypnotherapy, EMDR & Mindfulness.
Wantage OX12 & Rickmansworth WD3

Ian Stockbridge is the founder and lead counsellor at Hope Therapy and Counselling Services. 

As an experienced Counsellor, Ian recognised a huge societal need for therapeutic services that were often not being met. As such the 'Hope Agency'was born and its counselling team now offers counselling and therapeutic support throughout the UK.

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