FINDING SAFE PEOPLE
You can take back control of your life, but you don’t have to do it alone. Friends, family, and trained professionals can help you as you heal.
You don’t have to do this alone. Healing isn’t something you’re sup- posed to figure out on your own. Finding the right support system is a tremendous part of the journey to get your life back. God is someone you can always count on, and it’s important to have a human support system, too.
Even when you’re feeling comfortable with your next steps to recovery, a little accountability or encouragement can do wonders. And that’s especially true if you can find some- one safe to talk with. Reaching out can take a lot of strength. Choose a friend who will make it easier for you.
Friends and Family Friends and family can be huge parts of your healing process, and the tips in this article apply to them as much as to professional help. A family member or someone in your friend group who passes the safe person test is a great choice to tell about the weight you’ve been carrying.
But don’t stop at family and friends. You want to learn about your illness, what it does, and how to take control of your life. You need to talk to someone with experience treating depression and anxiety.
Your doctor or health care provider can provide a lot of support, as can your church pastor, or a counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist. But keep in mind that professionals aren’t all the same, and not every counselor will be the right fit for you. Your situation and symptoms are unique to you. Find a place and a person that makes you feel comfortable, safe, and understood.