Your Mental Health: How To Ask For Help

Speaking to your mates about your mental health can be one of the hardest conversations you'll ever have, but it can also be one of the most important.

Here, UOKM8? campaign ambassador Hussain Manawer gives LADbible his advice for opening up to friends in our 'First Steps' series.

He tells us: "Having a conversation is really important and firstly I'd like to address the word 'help'. I understand that can be a really difficult thing, because you don't want to feel like a 'burden' and you don't want to feel like the 'toxic' one in the friendship group - asking for help doesn't mean any of those things.

"You have a right to ask for help."

Adding: "Do what makes you feel comfortable. The conversation is happening on your terms. How you want to do it, where you want to do it, when you want to do it and who you want to have it with."

When it comes to opening up, Hussain reminds us that there's no 'right way' to do it.

"Don't feel as though you have to do this face to face. Write a letter. Slide into someone's DMs and tell them how you're feeling. Just let it out your system."

Watch Hussain give his First Steps guide to coping with loss.

UOKM8? is a campaign by LADbible, featuring films and stories that provide advice and inspiration on mental health. Explore more here and don't suffer in silence. Let's talk mental health.

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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