My Black Dog was founded on the motto "talk to someone who gets it". Our goal is to put people in touch with others who have lived experiences of struggling with mental health, because those people completely understand what you are going through.
Talking about your mental health is HARD. REALLY hard, and coping with mental health alone is tough, and it is constant. It is not just when you are at a crisis point but also when you are in the early stages: weeks, months, maybe even years before that point. You are surviving, but you aren't quite living. Talking with friends and family may seem overwhelming, you might think going to the doctor isn't necessary, perhaps you don't think it's serious enough to talk to a counsellor. Let me tell you now, taking care of your mental health is the MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do for yourself. If you're feeling shaky, don't fob yourself off, because getting help now could prevent a crash later down the line.
If you are overwhelmed and you're not sure who to talk to, talk to someone who gets it. We understand how difficult it is to reach out, but with our volunteers, there's no judgement, they've been through it all: trips to the doctor, sessions with counsellors, conversations with family and friends, medication, breakdowns. They might be able to guide you and get you on the road to feeling better. Zero judgement, always free and online to chat every day. You are NOT ALONE.
Don't fob yourself off – talk to someone who gets it!