What Does Support Really Mean?

How to find the right support for you

Support and mental health go hand in hand, but what does it really mean? There is no simple answer, as each individual's unique circumstances call for different variations. We're here to help you find your ideal support system and prioritize your mental well-being.

Before reaching out to others, it's important to accept the fact that you need help. Seeking help is nothing to be ashamed of and is an important step to living a fulfilling life.

Professional Support

Professional help can include mental health professionals such as therapists, psychiatrists, etc., as well as primary physicians and insurance providers. Reach out to your insurance provider to see what services are covered, get a potential referral from your PCP, and then find the best therapist or counselor for your situation. A strong, trustworthy relationship with your therapist is very important to feel adequately supported, so don't feel guilty if it takes a few tries before you find your perfect match.

Our "What to Expect" series covers questions you may have about your first therapy appointment, telehealth options, and family counseling.

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Personal Support

Whether it's family, friends, peers, or online forums—forming a strong personal support system can make a world of difference for an individual struggling with their mental health. Find a trusted loved one to confide in, but be sure to set healthy boundaries.

Support groups are a good mixture between personal and professional entities. It provides a professional monitor while still allowing you to make personal connections with individuals who are going through the same things.

"It's important to communicate your concerns with your support system as you are experiencing them. This will help you express your emotions in real time and ensure those who care for you most are aware that you are struggling," says Jessica Hunckler, LPC, LCADC, ACS, Program Supervisor. "When your support system is unavailable, there are also hotlines for when you need immediate help. If you think you may need additional or professional help, it's important to advocate for yourself and get the services that you need."

You are not alone. Help is available when you need it. Specially trained clinicians in our Counseling & Wellness Centers can help you navigate your struggles and work towards achieving personal wellness.

Call our main number at 844-4-ACENDA (844-422-3632 X9500) for more information or to schedule an appointment.