Many people find it hard to ask for help. It actually takes courage to seek help, especially if you feel you’ve been let down in the past. However, when we experience hard times, being able to share our concerns and ask for support will often help us to get through them.
Some of the benefits of asking for help are:
- reduced stress
- being able to talk things through
- identifying problem-solving strategies
- providing a different perspective to a problem
- preventing problems from getting bigger.
Most importantly, speaking to someone (whether in person, on the phone or online) can make you feel less lonely.
Many people feel embarrassed and are afraid to ask for help. It’s common to think you should be able to cope. It’s also common to worry that you’ll be judged. The cost of getting help may also be a barrier.
Other support information
Further information about Victorian mental health services can be found at Victorian Government Health Information: Accessing Mental Health Services website.
Wesley LifeForce has developed a responsive website to provide fast and reliable access to suicide prevention and crisis support contact numbers from any location in Australia. Their website can be accessed via the internet browser on a personal computer or mobile device.
BPD – A practical guide for GPs
Spectrum is pleased to launch their new book “Borderline Personality Disorder - A Practical Guide for General Practitioners” edited by Josephine Beatson and Sathya Rao. This book is a great resource for General Practitioners who treat patients with Borderline Personality Disorder.
"This succinct readable text is an excellent and timely addition to the library of educational resources and education for all practitioners – especially for students and registrars seeking an understanding of a complex area of human behaviour. The authors are to be commended on this initiative which is so comprehensively researched and presented. It is recommended that this area of mental health, hopefully in time, can be expanded to include other similar conditions under the category of dramatic or erratic personality disorders." Emeritus Professor John Murtagh AO, Monash University.
The book can be purchased here.