Sometimes you need to ask for help for yourself or for someone else. But many questions arise when you do. We also sometimes fear being judged or misunderstood. Here are some FAQs about asking for help:
Who should I ask?
You can ask someone you trust. To start with, the person doesn’t have to be a specialist but simply someone who can listen without judging you and who wants to accompany you on your journey. You can choose to write a message to that person; it is sometimes easier that way.
What should I say?
You can start the conversation with a question such as: I have a personal question. I was wondering, would you have the time to talk about it with me for a few minutes? It’s best to choose a time when both of you are available, or make an appointment with the person that same day.
Where do I start?
When we are overwhelmed by emotions, we don’t know what has triggered this discomfort or what the solution to our problem could be. You can start by talking about what you are feeling and what you need to make you feel better if you have already thought about it.
Sometimes you need to ask for help more than once and to use more than one support source at a time. Remember that asking for help takes courage at the start but it is the first step towards your wellbeing!
Telephone helplines available at all times and without judgment.
Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868)
KidsHelpPhone.ca Adapted by the CISSS des Laurentides Public Health Department.