THE SOURCEGet Involved
WHO TO ASK FOR HELP
You are not alone. Here’s who you can ask for help.
- Start by telling a trusted adult that knows you well.
- Your school’s counselor or social worker can get to know your situation and how best to help you get the resources you need.
- A teacher observes your responses to situations and can refer you to services.
- Your pastor or youth leader can guide you spiritually through the challenges of life.
- A coach can help you get peer support among teammates and release energy through physical activity.
- Check out our local resources. There are many organizations in our area that can help answer your questions and provide you with the support you need.
Become a youth or family advocate
Youth and families who have experienced what it is like to have mental health concerns and navigate the system can learn how to share their stories with others – to give hope, support and valuable information about how to improve our system of care. Some youth and family representatives may choose to become peer support providers, assist with support groups, participate on a workgroup or find other creative ways to raise their voices.
Become a well-informed community member
Learn about mental health and systems of care. Become trauma-informed. Find ways to share that information with others in our community or make changes within your own life or workplace. Lead by example – remember IT’S OKAY TO ASK.
IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY CALL 911 or GO TO NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM
For the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline call 1-800-273-8255 or text the word ‘home’ to 741741 for Crisis Text Line.