The subject heading might be a bit misleading but I just wanted to talk about how I view professional help. It's quite readily available to me really. I have my high school counsellor and my GP, both who I think are relatively approachable. However, I've never really sought professional help. I know there were certain stages of my life where I wasn't feeling too well but I've always mainly kept it to myself. Which is really dangerous I know. It's much better letting the load off another who is willing to help. But I've never gone past this personal boundary. This post isn't meant to make a point, it's just what I do. I wondered if anyone thinks the same to myself. I mean, ReachOut is perfect for people with my current mindset because it's mainly anonymous and of course accessible and more importantly, is run by like-minded people.
I think a lot of people are similar to you in that even though there is help available face to face, it's easier to seek advice and information online/in a less "personal" context than face to face, especially when it's regarding personal issues. Which is just one of the reasons that online services are awesome! ReachOut isn't professional help - like you said, it's run by like minded people - but there are heaps of sevices run by professionals which you can access online like eHeadspace, Kids Helpline and Lifeline. Anyway, glad that you're getting something out of the site
I agree that it can feel quite difficult to seek professional help and people can have a lot of fears about doing so which is why they don't. I think Reach Out can be a really good first step in seeking help as like you said, you meet like minded people and coming online can be a lot less intimidating! I think a number of people though after using Reach Out, feel more confident to seek face to face support, which is awesome! I know that's how it was for me- I first used Reach Out before seeking help from my school counsellor, then GP, psychiatrist, psychologist etc.
Yes getting help can a hair raising topic, but I have need it at times so, I just pick phone and try and get me. But if I can't get them I then make personal visit at their reception! I say what I need and I don't mince words either!
I often get what I am looking as I blurt how I am feeling out and ask for help. They were helpful to me and polite as I try as polite as possible although I am so enraged inside me. They tell me what to do and I go home and sleep.....I try and sleep it off if I can!