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How to talk about mental health

How to talk about mental health
How to talk about mental health

The holidays can be a difficult time for people who struggle with loneliness, stress or anxiety. Whether it is you or a loved one needing help, it is important to know how to talk about mental health.

Acknowledging the problem: Financial stress and family factors can cause difficult feelings this time of the year. If you are feeling overwhelmed, you may need support. Admitting that you are struggling is brave.

Asking for help from loved ones: It can be hard to ask for support, especially when others are depending on you. Remember that by taking care of yourself you are also taking care of others.

  • “I am having a hard time mentally and may not be as present. Thank you for being patient with me.”
  • “I am overwhelmed and need support. Is it ok if I talk to you about how I am feeling?”

Wind down: It’s ok to take a break. Spend time in nature, meditate, exercise and rest.

Seek professional help: Don’t be afraid of talking to a healthcare professional. Counseling and therapy are helpful tools for managing health. Parkland offers behavioral health services at our community health centers. Learn more at www.parklandhealth.org.

If you or a loved one are struggling, ask your primary care provider to refer you to our behavioral health team. If you or someone you know is in crisis, help is available 24/7. Call or text 988.

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