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12 Ways To Get Help When You Feel Completely Alone

You will never be weak for seeking out help.

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1. Read comforting books that take your mind to other places.

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Sometimes when things get tough, it's great to pick up a book and escape to another world for a little. Here are some books that have helped people manage their anxiety and these books can help you and your loved ones better understand mental illness.

2. Head to a local animal shelter to play with all the furry friends.

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Studies like this one show that interaction with animals can seriously benefit your mental health and overall quality of life. So call up an shelter in your area and ask if they need volunteers to walk/play with/love on the animals. You'll probably be making their day just as much as their making yours.

3. Visit online forums where you can talk anonymously to people who can relate to what you're going through.

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Just knowing there are other people out there with the same struggles can be comforting. Some examples are IMAlive, Healthful Chat, and Trevor Space.

4. Or check out a local support group.

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Support groups make an awesome option if you prefer to get actual face time and interaction with people who can relate to the issues you're facing every day. Check out Mental Health America, for a list of all the different types of support groups nation wide, and learn how to join one in your area.

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5. Watch movies that will inspire you to get through each day.

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Movies are great because they allow you to escape from your current struggles and invest yourself in other characters and their storylines. Many also offer opportunities for self-reflection and can be both uplifting and inspiring. Here are 47 movies that have helped people cope with depression.

6. Look for a therapist on Psychology Today and maybe even consider making an appointment.

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The thought of seeking out therapy can be overwhelming and intimidating, but just having someone to talk to every week can really help you learn more about yourself and your mental health. Here is everything you need to know about finding a therapist and a few things therapists would like you to know about the whole process.

7. Don't be afraid to reach out to faraway friends or family.

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It's so easy to feel like a burden on your parents and best friends when you're calling or texting them every day seeking out help. But remember that just being able to admit to and talk about your struggles is a huge accomplishment, and your loved ones will not resent you for that.

8. Watch a show that features characters who speak to you.

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Find a show that has characters you can relate to, or storylines that are hilarious and inspiring. Just laughing a little more everyday can really make you feel better. Here are some shows that have helped people through depression.

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9. Seek out mental health content that you can relate to.

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Reading or watching content that explains in perfect detail the types of thoughts, emotions, and situations you're dealing with every day can be extremely comforting and relieving. Here you can find a variety of content that will speak to you, whether you deal with anxiety, depression, ADHD, borderline personality disorder, PTSD, and more.

10. Read personal accounts in which people talk honestly about their mental health.

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Not many people are willing to talk about their mental health struggles. But when they do it's incredibly powerful in that it lets other people know they're not alone and can keep fighting. Here you can also find people who bravely share their stories on living with OCD, schizophrenia, eating disorders, hypochondria, panic attacks, and more.

11. Know that you can call a hotline whenever you're in a crisis or feel that you've exhausted all your resources.

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If you're ever in an emergency or just need to talk to someone, there are hotlines and call centers — many operating 24/7 — that specialize in helping people in all situations, whether it's for suicide prevention, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, OCD, or any crisis.

12. And when things get really tough, do not be afraid to check yourself into a treatment center.

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If you ever have suicidal thoughts or you're worried about your safety or the safety of those around you, know that you can check yourself into a hospital or treatment center. This can ensure your safety and supervision, and it will give you the time you need to put all your other responsibilities on hold and focus on your mental health. Here's more information if you have any questions or want to learn more about the process.