Taking care of our mental health is just as important (if not more) as taking care of our physical health. There are so many factors that can affect our mental health, and anyone at any age can suffer from mental health challenges, problems, and disorders. (Just look at all the issues of childhood anxiety these days).
It’s so important to reach out if you need help. I personally have reached out for professional help a couple of times in my life. As hard as it was to do, I was so glad that I did.
Help can look different for everyone. Sometimes, it’s a friend lending an ear and you feeling completely heard and understood. But could also be the help of a professional, or a team of professionals. There are many resources out there, but you have to keep asking if you’re not finding the help you need. Whatever it looks like, asking for help is not at all weakness. It’s the greatest strength of all: being vulnerable and knowing you cannot do it alone.
Some mental health resources here in Alberta:
What makes something better is connection. I love this very short film on “Empathy” from Brene Brown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw