Getting started

When you’re facing a mental health issue, knowing where to turn to get help can feel overwhelming. Often just learning more about what’s going on, or who you can talk to, is the first step on your journey to better mental health.

Getting started
Getting started
It helps to talk to someone

It helps to talk to someone

One of the best things you can do is talk to a trusted friend or family member about how you feel. Sharing your thoughts and feelings can often be a great source of comfort and connection.

Mental health symptoms to look for

Mood fluctuations, anxiety and procrastination are all a part of growing up. But if you notice unhealthy behavior persisting for a long time and impacting your everyday life, it’s a sign you could benefit from professional help.

  • Long-lasting and severe mood swings
  • Excessive fear and worries
  • Dropping out or avoiding social activities
  • Extreme behavioral changes
  • Self-harm
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Significant aggression
  • Inability to self-soothe
  • Trouble separating from parents or family

Types of mental health professionals

Types of mental health professionals

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who can diagnose a broad range of mental health conditions, as well as provide therapy and prescribe medications.


Psychologists hold advanced degrees and offer diagnosis and therapy treatment, but typically don’t prescribe medications.



Therapists, counselors and clinicians identify issues and treat them according to specific programs. Therapists may have different areas of expertise and finding the right therapist often depends on the symptoms and diagnosis.


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