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How to ask for help
Sometimes we need help but we're not able to ask for it. ...
The effectiveness of self-help depends on lots of factors like the self-help resources you use, your knowledge, strengths and skills and any additional support or treatments you receive. The good news is that the right self-help resources can make a difference. Here’s how they help:
Learning new coping strategies and practising them
Being educated to make more informed decisions
Gaining new perspectives, i.e. seeing the same thing in different ways
Breaking harmful habits and replacing them with new, improved ones
Discovering you aren’t alone and connecting with those with similar experiences
Gaining new insights, e.g. having a realisation about a thinking pattern you were stuck in
Seek evidence for and against what is being said. It never hurts to have more than one source of information!
Check the evidence base of the info. The best sources provide their references and use reputable sources or peer-reviewed journal articles.
Check the expertise of the person providing the info. Qualifications and experience need to be relevant to the information they are providing. Other reputable sources of information might include government or international bodies with good reputations, such as the World Health Organisation.
Check if there are any ‘conflicts of interest’ for the person providing the info. A ‘conflict of interest’ happens when someone has an agenda that benefits them. For instance, an influencer being paid to promote something as opposed to providing a genuine review.
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