Also, trust that there are incredibly hard working services out there staffed by supportive people who will do what they can to help you. If one service doesn’t work for you or you’re not happy with it, try another.
If you go to your GP, you can be referred to your local mental health team who offer services such as home visits, psychotherapy, art therapy, occupational therapy and day hospital groups on relaxation, mindfulness, gardening, self-esteem, distress tolerance and others.
If you have a medical card you can be referred by your GP for eight free sessions with a counsellor.
Also, many counsellors offer low-cost sessions and there is free online counselling at turn2me.org.
If you are feeling suicidal or feel like self-harming, Pieta House can help on 021-4341400.
There are also counselling and group services available at Shine 021 4949833.
If you are going through or recovering from mental illness, then there is also The Next Step Cork who provide week-long workshops in arts, crafts, yoga, and woodwork amongst others (contact: 085-7161960).
You are never a burden.
Not everyone will be able to support you during your hardest times through no fault of their own, mainly due to not knowing how, but keep reaching out. There is help and remember above all ‘This Too Shall Pass’.
If you would like further information on anything I’ve written about here, or you would just like to get in touch, please email me at: email@example.com Nicola Depuis is currently fundraising for Pieta House’s Darkness into Light walk and readers can donate at the following link: https://dil-ucc-cork.everydayhero.com/ie/nicola-1