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I finally told my parents that I’m depressed and self harm and think about suicide sometimes but they got angry at me and said its just a phase and to get over it

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 I’m scared to reach out to anyone else now, what do I do now?

Hey there, thank you for reaching out to us to ask such an important question. These times can be quite difficult when you feel that you cannot reach out for support or help. Sometimes parents don’t understand what you’re going through and it seems like they can’t comprehend why you would be going through that. Depression, self harm, and suicidal thoughts are not things that you can just “get over”. There are others out there who are depressed and face the same kinds of problems that you are having. Many individuals don’t understand what it means to feel this way, therefore they don’t know or even sometimes have the capacity to help you.

It is normal to be scared when you feel like you can’t reach out to others but there are people out there who do care and are wanting to talk. A good example is us, ConnecTeen, we always want people to reach out to us so we can talk about their situation. When talking with ConnecTeen, we try our hardest to suggest ways to help with your situation. Other peer support services are also like us and want to talk with you about your situation. Talking to friends about what’s going on can be a good idea as long as you’re sure that they are comfortable talking about it and will keep it to themselves. If you feel like you can’t talk to your friends, it might be helpful to talk to trusted adult. Is there someone else in your family that is easier to talk to about mental health? How about a trusted teacher or counselor? Opening up to another adult who does take your mental health seriously can be so relieving. They might also be able to help you talk to your parents about it too, especially if you’re able to role play some scenarios with an adult you trust.

We are taught at a young age to tell our parents everything but sometimes it doesn’t always work out. It’s not necessarily your parents fault, especially if they’ve never experienced anything like this or don’t know what it means to feel the way you feel. You should be proud of yourself for trying to reach out, but please don’t stop accessing support.

If ConnecTeen seems like the people you want to reach out to, we would like to hear from you. If so, feel free to chat with us at or text us at 587-333-2724. You can also call us if you’d like at 403-264-8336. here at ConnecTeen, we appreciate talking with you and trying our best to answer your questions. Thanks for the question and we hope this has helped you.

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