Giving yourself strength

Read our practical information on what to do if you're feeling low or struggling to cope.

It's okay. It's common to feel this way

You’re not alone in feeling like this. Many people struggle to cope at one point or another and going through a range of emotions during this time is common. You can contact Samaritans any time you like or you might also want to speak to someone else you trust like a family member, your GP or arrange to see a counsellor.

You are never alone

When people are going through a tough time they often experience negative thoughts about themselves and feel they have no-one to turn to.

Even if you don’t have family or friends close by, you are never alone. Samaritans volunteers are here for you every day of the year, round the clock.

These feelings may not last forever

Everyone feels low at some point in their lives and if you’re struggling to cope it may be difficult to see beyond your current situation. Talking about how you’re feeling can help put things into perspective and help you to feel more positive about the future.

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There are all sorts of reasons why you may be finding it hard to cope. Often it’s due to a combination of things.

Perhaps you're going through:

  • relationship and family problems
  • loss, including loss of a friend or a family member through bereavement
  • financial worries
  • job-related stress
  • college or study-related stress
  • loneliness and isolation
  • depression
  • painful and/or disabling physical illness
  • heavy use of or dependency on alcohol or other drugs
  • thoughts of suicide.

There are lots of things you can do to help yourself

  • Make time for yourself, relax and do things you enjoy
  • Eat healthily; get plenty of sleep and exercise
  • Spend time with people you love
  • Talk about your problems with people you trust
  • Be proud of what you’re good at, as well as aware of what you struggle with
  • Pay attention to what you’re feeling.

If you’ve stopped doing things you usually love, you’re tearful, not eating or sleeping properly, drifting from people close to you, taking alcohol or drugs to cope or self-harming, then talk to us, or someone you trust.

Talk to Samaritans

Sometimes it’s hard to talk to family or friends. You may not want to burden those close to you or you might feel ashamed or find it difficult to ask for help. Samaritans offers a safe, confidential place to talk – we’ll never judge or tell you what to do.

Other sources of help

If you have something specific that you’d like advice on there are many charities and organisations that offer support and information.

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