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How Can I Help Myself?

Keep Yourself Safe

  • Ask for help from family and friends
  • Connect with people you can trust and talk to
  • Seek help rom a mental health professional/organization like Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
  • Talk to your family doctor who may be able to refer you to appropriate services
  • Have a safe place where you feel like no one can harm you and will not harm yourself
  • Distract yourself with favourite things

Develop a Support System

  • know who you can call
  • Have their numbers available. Make a list.
  • Don’t be scared to ask someone to stay with you.
  • Know that you can always call the crisis line.
  • Write a safety plan when you are feeling well. Share it with you circle of support and post it in a place where it is easily accessible for yourself
  • Talk to someone that has ‘been there’
  • Attend support groups for people with lived experience such as at the Self Help Alliance

Day to Day Tips

  • Get lots of sleep
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Exercise, get active
  • Try to relax with yoga, deep breathing, mediation, reading or music
  • Stay involved or get involved with activities you enjoy
  • Surround yourself with positive people
  • Avoid drugs, alcohol and caffeine
  • Get involved with helping others
  • Set small, manageable goals; focus on what you have accomplished.
  • Journal your experiences, or create a video.
  • Use art as a way to express yourself and your feelings.
  • Learn about tools you can use to help yourself.