Reaching out – taking a step into the unknown

Taking that first step to seek help can feel terrifying. So many thoughts go through your head ;

‘Will I be judged?’

‘Will they take my baby away from me?’

‘What if i’ve made this all up in my head?’

These thoughts can build up to the point where seeking help seems like an impossible task. But take it from someone whose been there, whose sat staring at the phone, willing myself to make that phone call. It will be ok.

The unknown of what will happen when you enter that GP surgery and sit down in front of your GP. Certainly seems scary but it means you are SO brave.

For me, seeking help took longer than I wish it had. (Hindsight is a wonderful thing..!) I wish I had known it wouldn’t be as overwhelming as I had built it up to be in my mind.

I also wish I had the brilliant checklist from The Smile Group (here). To help start that conversation, as inevitably when I’ve sought help, my mind goes blank and I can’t always find the right words.

It will be ok, maybe not today or tomorrow, but it will. As a lovely friend of mine says ‘It will be ok in the end, and if it’s not ok it’s not the end’.

Take that first step, and the unknown will become a little clearer and the next step may just be a little easier.

We who have been there, are always by your side. #PNDFamily

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