People have lots of different ways of looking after their mental health, from mindfulness to regular exercise and communicating with friends or family. These are all excellent ways to relieve stress and relax, but sometimes, they might not be enough on their own.
You may recently have noticed a change in your behaviours, thoughts and feelings, or perhaps someone else has pointed it out to you. You might also have looked at resources online or seen others suffering from similar symptoms that have been part of your daily life for some time and started to wonder whether they could be signs of a mental health condition.
It can be very frightening, but the first thing to do is seek support from a professional such as a GP or LSE Counsellor. They are trained to help and will not judge you. GPs will see any patient and LSE Counsellors will meet with any LSE student. You do not have to have been diagnosed with a mental health condition to meet with them. They won't tell your family, partner or teachers without your permission and in most cases, you don't have to follow any treatment programme they suggest.
If you have built a trusting relationship with your Mentor or another staff member, you may decide to disclose what's happening to them before you speak to a doctor or counsellor. They can help with any potential issues with your work and they can provide a supportive, listening ear, but they won't be able to take on the role of therapist for you as this wouldn't be in your best interests.