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Putting things into words helps. Sometimes it's just good to say what's on your mind. Talking to someone could make you feel like you don't have to deal with it on your own and make things feel more manageable. They might be someone you feel close to, or have helped you with something before. They could be anyone, such as a :. Talking to a counsellor can help you work out who that trusted person could be for you. Writing a letter or leaving a note can be a great way to start a conversation with someone you trust. Especially if telling someone in person seems difficult.
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On this Who should I talk to? Talking about your mental health Don't want to talk face-to-face. How can talking to an adult help? Who should I talk to? Visiting your doctor Dr Ranj answers your questions about seeing a doctor. Write a letter Writing a letter or leaving a note can be a great way to start a conversation with someone you trust.
If you're thinking about sending a letter or message, it can help to: decide who you'll give it to and when remember you don't need to say everything if you don't want to think about whether the letter might need to be shared, especially if someone's worried about your safety be careful about saving it on a shared device plan what you'd like to do next. If you're not sure how to start your letter, try downloading our template.
Talk about something else first Sometimes it's hard to know how to bring up a difficult issue, or you might be worried about how someone will react. Young people have told us: "I found it hard to tell my dad I have anorexia, so I said: 'What do you think about that person on Hollyoaks who is anorexic?
Try our conversation starter Not sure where to start? Being assertive Being assertive can help you stand up for yourself but still treat other people with respect. Practise Practise what you want to say out loud in front of the mirror, or you could practise with a friend or line counsellor. Building confidence Always putting yourself down? We have ways to boost your confidence and self-esteem.
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Talking about your mental health Lots of things make people scared to talk about their mental health. Not sure what to say? You might want to go to the doctor, or just want someone to be there to listen. You don't need to tell them everything if you're not ready, share what you're comfortable with at the time Take a look at our other s on mental health.
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