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mental health help

Hi.

I’m 20, first year in Cardiff. I don’t want to open this by saying “i’ve been really struggling with my mental health recently” because that isn’t strictly true, it’s been a near-consistent since I was born. However, it’s starting to really interfere with every aspect of my life (barely going to lectures, excessive binge drinking 4/5 days a week, inability to interact with people normally etc etc etc) but I quite literally don’t know how to get help because I never have before. My family are not particularly good communicators and have a silent ‘shut up and deal with it’ attitude, but I think there’s something deeply wrong with me. Like, should be on antipsychotics kind of wrong with me. The only thing I’ve ever been officially diagnosed with is extreme anger issues when I was very little because I set a garden on fire, and I got a whole year of counselling before they sacked it off. The healthcare system confuses me, I’ve never interacted with for even basic ailments (not a fan of hospitals) and in Wales it’s even more confusing. I registered with a near GP but I don’t know what to do from here.
Original post by HELHEIMR
Hi.

I’m 20, first year in Cardiff. I don’t want to open this by saying “i’ve been really struggling with my mental health recently” because that isn’t strictly true, it’s been a near-consistent since I was born. However, it’s starting to really interfere with every aspect of my life (barely going to lectures, excessive binge drinking 4/5 days a week, inability to interact with people normally etc etc etc) but I quite literally don’t know how to get help because I never have before. My family are not particularly good communicators and have a silent ‘shut up and deal with it’ attitude, but I think there’s something deeply wrong with me. Like, should be on antipsychotics kind of wrong with me. The only thing I’ve ever been officially diagnosed with is extreme anger issues when I was very little because I set a garden on fire, and I got a whole year of counselling before they sacked it off. The healthcare system confuses me, I’ve never interacted with for even basic ailments (not a fan of hospitals) and in Wales it’s even more confusing. I registered with a near GP but I don’t know what to do from here.


Hi there, I'm sorry for this :frown:

Your university should have a counselling service, probably an excellent idea to get in touch with them as your first port of call. You should also see your GP because they'll be able to refer you to mental health services. Just find out how to book an appointment with your GP and take it from there.
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Original post by HELHEIMR
Hi.

I’m 20, first year in Cardiff. I don’t want to open this by saying “i’ve been really struggling with my mental health recently” because that isn’t strictly true, it’s been a near-consistent since I was born. However, it’s starting to really interfere with every aspect of my life (barely going to lectures, excessive binge drinking 4/5 days a week, inability to interact with people normally etc etc etc) but I quite literally don’t know how to get help because I never have before. My family are not particularly good communicators and have a silent ‘shut up and deal with it’ attitude, but I think there’s something deeply wrong with me. Like, should be on antipsychotics kind of wrong with me. The only thing I’ve ever been officially diagnosed with is extreme anger issues when I was very little because I set a garden on fire, and I got a whole year of counselling before they sacked it off. The healthcare system confuses me, I’ve never interacted with for even basic ailments (not a fan of hospitals) and in Wales it’s even more confusing. I registered with a near GP but I don’t know what to do from here.

You can get support and there is a lot of support out there such as:

-The Samaritans, you can call 116 123, which is available 24 hours a day

-Mind, 0300 123 3393

-Saneline, 0300 304 7000, from 4.30pm-10.30pm

-The mix, 0800 808 4994, 11am-11pm

-SHOUT, text 852258, 24 hour text service

-Crises, 741741, text service

-Papyrus, 0800 068 4141, if you have thoughts of suicide or in emotional distress

-Rethink mental health, 0300 5000 927

-No Panic, 0800 138 8889-relate, they have a chat advisor

There is the mind forum

Also Facebook groups

You can join support groups

You can contact a crises team if things get very bad

Plenty of resources online, information regarding well being
Original post by HELHEIMR
Hi.

I’m 20, first year in Cardiff. I don’t want to open this by saying “i’ve been really struggling with my mental health recently” because that isn’t strictly true, it’s been a near-consistent since I was born. However, it’s starting to really interfere with every aspect of my life (barely going to lectures, excessive binge drinking 4/5 days a week, inability to interact with people normally etc etc etc) but I quite literally don’t know how to get help because I never have before. My family are not particularly good communicators and have a silent ‘shut up and deal with it’ attitude, but I think there’s something deeply wrong with me. Like, should be on antipsychotics kind of wrong with me. The only thing I’ve ever been officially diagnosed with is extreme anger issues when I was very little because I set a garden on fire, and I got a whole year of counselling before they sacked it off. The healthcare system confuses me, I’ve never interacted with for even basic ailments (not a fan of hospitals) and in Wales it’s even more confusing. I registered with a near GP but I don’t know what to do from here.

It takes courage to share your experiences, and I appreciate your openness. I understand that navigating mental health concerns can be complex, and it's commendable that you're reaching out for support. I want to assure you that you're not alone, and there are resources available to assist you during your academic journey. I would like to discuss your experience with your lectures and explore ways in which I can assist you. If you're comfortable, I'm open to a conversation to better understand the specific difficulties you're facing.

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