5 Things to Try When Mental Illness Makes You Feel Alone

5 Things to Try When Mental Illness Makes You Feel Alone

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. All month long, we’ve been talking about important topics in mental health, like how to help others that are struggling, how to seek help for yourself, highlights of different mental health issues, and more. We wanted to wrap up the month by reminding you that no matter what you’re going through, you are not alone.

When you’re dealing with mental illness like anxiety or depression, it can sometimes feel like you’re going through it by yourself. Mental illness can often cause people to isolate from others and withdraw from their environment. Many times, stigma prevents people from reaching out to others for support or talking about their mental health openly. Whatever the reason, mental illness can be a lonely battle to fight. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Now more than ever before, people are working to reduce the stigma around mental illness and bring discussions about mental health into everyday conversation. More technology tools are being created for people to manage their mental health in different ways. People are demanding better access to mental health care for everyone and breaking down barriers to seeking treatment.

Next time you’re feeling like you’re all by yourself in your fight, try looking to these five places to feel less alone:

  1. Pacifica Communities & Chat Groups
    Pacifica’s peer support communities and chat groups are designed to be a place for you to connect with others going through similar situations and get advice or encouragement. There are a variety of different topics you can choose from and hundreds of other people that understand some of what you’re going through, because they’ve been there too.

  2. Celebrities and Athletes
    It seems like each day we hear about another public figure sharing about their mental health journey, whether it’s an actor, a musician, or a professional athlete. Hearing these stories can be helpful for a number of reasons, including reducing the stigma around talking openly about one’s mental health struggles. It can also be reassuring to hear that someone you admire or look up to may be going through similar struggles, or to know that they were able to achieve great things in spite of the mental health challenges they have gone through.

  3. Sharing Stories
    There are a number of websites dedicated to sharing mental health stories that can help you remember that you’re not the only one hurting. Sometimes hearing about someone else that’s going through a similar situation can be helpful. You may find that the author of an article was able to put words to feelings you were having that you weren’t quite able to describe.
  4. Pacifica Podcast
    Pacifica’s “Your Mind Matters” podcast features questions from podcast listeners and Pacifica users about mental health topics. You may find that others have the same questions as you, or that they’re going through similar struggles. Our latest episode talks about talking with others about your mental health, or how you can help others that are struggling.
  5. Reaching out to Friends & Family
    When you’re dealing with anxiety or depression, it can sometimes be hard to reach out to others for help or support. Anxiety and depression become the ‘voice in your head’ telling you that you’re a downer, or that you’d just be burdening your friends by opening up to them. But that’s simply not true. Your family and friends truly care about you, and they want to help you feel better. True friends aren’t just ‘fairweather friends’ that are only there for you when you’re feeling great, they’re there for you through the ups and the downs of life, and they want to support you when you need it.

Whatever you’re going through, you’re not alone, and you can get through it.