Seeking Support in a Crisis: You Are Not Alone

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Life has its ups and downs, but knowing where to turn for support during a crisis can help you feel less overwhelmed and more able to manage your feelings and reactions. No one should have to struggle alone, and there’s no shame or weakness in reaching out to others for help. Arm yourself with tips and resources to help you get through any crisis. If you ever find yourself in need of support, you’ll know exactly where to turn.

How to get support when recovering from a crisis

  • Ask for it. Easier said than done, right? Asking the people in your life for support when you’re in crisis can be tough, but your loved ones will be glad to know they can make a difference. Don’t be afraid to be specific about what you need. Chances are your friends and family want to help — they just may need a little guidance from you.
  • Seek it out. Even if it seems like no one knows how you feel, there are support groups for almost every difficult situation. Joining a support group is a great way to connect with others who’ve experienced similar struggles. You may also want to seek out crisis counseling.
  • Write about it. Expressing your emotions is often easier through the written word — even if you aren’t necessarily the next Shakespeare. Try keeping a journal of your thoughts or writing emails to your friends, just to get it all out on the page.
  • Be patient. Recovering from a crisis takes time, and you shouldn’t feel pressured to “get over it” on anyone’s schedule but your own. Do your best to keep up your routine and take care of yourself, but be patient with your feelings.

How to get support when you’re ill or injured


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A medical crisis may require you to rely on others more than you’re used to. Though this can be a difficult adjustment, it’s important to put your health and well-being first.

  • Figure out your needs. Talk with your doctor to determine exactly what kind of care you need and for how long.
  • Figure out who can help. Do you have a close friend or family member you can count on to manage your care? Depending on your illness or injury, you may need to hire a home nurse to help you through treatment. Figure out who’s needed to help you, and make sure they’re up for the task.
  • Look up national organizations. Ask your doctor for a referral to any national groups or organizations that help people recover from specific illnesses or injuries, or check online to see if there’s an organization that fits your situation. Connecting with others going through similar situations can be comforting.  

It all boils down to this: No one has to struggle alone. There are resources and people just waiting to help you cope. Reach out and get the support you need.


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