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What can I do when no one understands?

WHAT CAN I DO WHEN NO ONE UNDERSTANDS?

Becoming an adult is a rite of passage. You turn 18, move out, go to college or get a job and all of a sudden you can make all your own choices.

It sounds great! Until suddenly, you notice, it’s not.

Something is off. You aren’t sure what it is and when you talk to your friends or your family they don’t get it either.

The good news is that you are reading this webpage because you recognize that something maybe isn’t right.

“I felt like I had so many things bottled up and I felt like I couldn’t talk to my parents about it. And my friends wouldn’t really understand, or they’d tell me to get over it.”

Questions to Ask Yourself

Try to identify, if you can, what could be the problem. Here are some questions you could ask yourself:

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Have your moods seemed all over the place?

Swinging from joy and excitement to sadness that seems like it will never end.
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Are you having trouble with your sleep, maybe sleeping too much or too little or maybe just a change from your normal pattern?

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Are you having really intense thoughts or feelings that you just can’t get out of your head?

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Are there times when you feel really sad or don’t care about life?

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Is alcohol or drugs causing problems in your life?

Do you need them in order to make yourself feel better?
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Are you cutting yourself, pulling your hair or doing other things to self-harm to feel better?

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Do you feel like you have no one to talk to about your feelings or thoughts?

Are you feeling hopeless, having thoughts of suicide or just not wanting to be alive?

Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text the word ‘Help’ to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line. There are more suggestions at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Now that you have an idea of what the problem could be, you can do something to change it, including getting some help.

Who to Ask for Help

  1. If you need immediate help, because you are thinking of hurting yourself or others, go to the nearest emergency room, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255), text the Crisis Text Line (741741), or reach out to someone you trust and let them know what’s going on.
  2. You are not alone in feeling this way. Many people have had their own struggles. Even though not everybody in your life may understand, try to think of a trusted person that might. It could be friends, family, a faith leader, a teacher or professor, a co-worker or someone else that makes you feel safe and could support you if you reach out for additional help.
  3. The community we live in has a lot of resources available. Here is a complete list.

And remember, IT’S OK TO ASK!

The Source • Youth Mental Health Network

MORE RESOURCES

There are a lot of places in your city that can help, too.
Here is a list of some community resources.

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.

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.

CONTACT US

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We do not monitor these messages 24/7, so if this is an emergency and you need immediate assistance, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

If you need someone to talk to, text “Help” to 741741, or call 1-800-273-8255.