Helping yourself
Helping yourself
Some attitudes are more likely to get you the help you want than others.

Express yourself calmly and clearly. If you're verbally or physically aggressive, you may be perceived badly. So it’s a good idea to try and keep a handle on your anger when you ask for help.

Take your time. If you’ve never called a helpline or been to your CLSC, you may imagine that the people there will meet with you right away, find the solution to your problem, and take care of everything on the spot. Unfortunately, it doesn't usually work like that. You often have to wait a while to get help. You may have to come back for more appointments. Counsellors don't have magic wands, but they can support you in your process, and help you find new things to think about. Remember that time heals some emotional and psychological wounds. Hang in there! And remember — you can always call or write Tel-jeunes!

Seek out others. You may end up resenting your friends or parents because they haven’t guessed that you need their help. But remember, the people in your life have their own lives and worries. That means that they may not have picked up the alarm signals you’ve been sending out! And some people are afraid of helping because they don't know how to or just don't have the knowledge or skills to do so. To get the help you need, don't be afraid to talk to a school or CLSC counsellor, or to Tel-jeunes. Remember — you’ve got to be an active player in the process!
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