This is a great question, and one that is difficult to answer. When it comes to asking for help, it is different for every person. It takes a lot of courage to even acknowledge that there is a problem, that is the first step. Asking for help can definitely be intimidating at first but remember that there is nothing wrong with asking for help. It is perfectly normal to be afraid of asking for help.
When asking for help, make sure that you’re comfortable with it. Help can come in many different forms and it is important to find what is right for you. Some things might work really well and others, not so much. However, that doesn’t mean that if one thing doesn’t work, that you should stop looking. You can always ask the people around you if they have any recommendations or ideas for you. That can be your family, friends, school teachers, or even us at ConnecTeen. We will gladly help you find something that works for you.
It sounds like your parents are wanting to support you because they offered a guidance counsellor for you. If you feel comfortable, could you try reaching out to them again to see if that’s still an option? Sometimes parents are so busy they forget conversations or think that you moved on, especially if you never said anything about it again. It might be worth a try to remind them of that conversation. You sound really open to help and that’s amazing! We encourage you to ask for what you need and know that we will always support you.
If for the time being, there is nothing available at the moment or you haven’t found the right one, practice self-care and do something that takes your mind off of things or something that you’re passionate about. Whether that be drawing, listening to music, or exercise, do something that you enjoy.
If you feel that you are not ready to ask for help yet, feel free to chat with us online at www.Calgaryconnecteen.com, or text us at 587.333.2774 during our peer support hours (you can find them on the website). Or you can call us 24/7 at 403.264.TEEN (8336). Our trained volunteers are here because they care about people and want to be able to support you.