How can I help myself?

Keep Yourself Safe

  • Ask for support from family and friends
  • Connect with people you can trust and talk to
  • Seek help from a mental health professional/organization such as the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
  • Talk to your family doctor who may be able to refer you to appropriate services
  • Have a safe place where you feel like no one can harm you and will not harm yourself
  • Distract yourself with your favourite things

 

Develop a Support System

  • Know who you can call & have their numbers available. Make a list
  • Don’t be scared to ask someone to stay with you
  • Know that you can always call a crisis line
  • Write a safety plan when you are feeling well. Share it with you circle of support and post it in a place where it is easily accessible for yourself
  • Talk to someone that has ‘been there’
  • Attend support groups for people with lived experience such as groups through Self Help & Peer Support at CMHA

 

Day to Day Tips

  • Make sure you’re sleeping well, eating healthy, and getting exercise
  • Try to relax with yoga, deep breathing, mediation, reading or music
  • Stay involved or get involved with activities you enjoy
  • Surround yourself with positive people and healthy relationships
  • Avoid drugs, alcohol and caffeine
  • Get involved with helping others
  • Set small, manageable goals; focus on what you have accomplished
  • Journal your experiences or create a video
  • Use art as a way to express yourself and your feelings
  • Learn about tools you can use to help yourself

 

Source: Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council https://wrspc.ca/need-help/how-can-i-help-myself/