Keeping Up Hope

Posted by | February 10, 2016 | Family, Feelings | One Comment
Hi there,
I’ve been struggling with pretty deep depression for the past month or so. I had a good day today and finally felt a glimmer of hope. How do I keep this up? Are there things I can do that will help me feel hopeful again? If I were to talk to a counselor, but my parents didn’t want me to, is there anyone I can talk to?

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  • BYS Counselor says:

    Thank you so much for reaching out. I’m glad that you had a good day yesterday and saw a glimmer of hope with it. Those days help you get through ones that aren’t as good, when you need a reminder that things can get better…

    There are things you can do to help yourself when you feel stuck, or keep at it when you are feeling hopeful. One way to learn about them is to go to websites with good information. But, there’s so much out there – so two that we like to often suggest to teens and young adults – askBYS.org (of course, that’s how you found us), and yourlifeyourvoice.org (they have a great section titled “Tips”). See which ideas and information makes sense to you, and try not to get discouraged if one thing doesn’t work – sometimes, it may take a few tries or different tips before you find something that helps you along.

    It’s tough when you want to talk to someone for help, but your parents are not supportive of that idea. If you need to talk to someone but you don’t have a therapist, there are services out there that will provide free support via phone calls and texts – Yourlifeyourvoice.org (the same one from above) has a 24-hour hotline, and will also have times when you can reach counselors via text and chat.

    Also, if you are a resident of WA and you are local to our clinic, you can make an appointment to come see one of our therapists without letting your parents know. We provide free and confidential therapy, and in Washington, youth 13 or older can get mental health treatment without parental notification. (Because our services are free, we don’t need your health insurance, so then financial records are not sent home.) Send us an appointment request on-line through askBYS.org (click on “Make an Appointment”) and you can talk to a counselor and see if that’s something you might want to explore.

    You already are taking steps forward, by noting a good day when it happens, and reaching out to ask questions about how you can do more to take care of yourself. I hope that the information here can help you do more things so that you can get through your depression.

    Take care,
    BYS Therapist

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