Contact points

Everyone is at some risk of having his or her mental health thrown out of balance. One in five people has to struggle with mental health impairments. However, only half of all severe impairments are treated. Even today, most people find it easier to talk about physical problems than mental ones. It is important to act in time to identify and treat an illness as early as possible.

When do I need help?

The signs of a mental illness can be manifold. It also always depends on your own personality. A general rule: be mindful, listen to your body and the signals it sends you. If you have the feeling that your well-being is permanently disturbed or that you cannot help yourself, please get support as soon as possible and talk to a doctor. You should become aware by recognizing the following symptoms at the latest:

  • fatigue
  • sleep disturbances
  • loss of energy
  • excessive irritability
  • loss of appetite
  • inner restlessness
  • suicidal thoughts
  • listlessness
  • deep sadness

Where can I get help?

In general, the first point of contact for all health issues - whether mental or physical - is always your family doctor. Normally, he or she has known you the longest, knows your medical history and can assess what the next useful steps might be. If you do not have a doctor you trust, you can also inform yourself. However, you should clarify beforehand whether your health insurance will cover the costs incurred, since statutory health insurance companies do not reimburse all forms of therapy.

Depending on your symptoms you can additionally contact a telephone counseling service or self-help groups in your region. Local parishes often have a pastor as well. In any case, they always have an open ear and may know regional contact points in your area.

You can also contact your health insurance company. They often have their own counseling centers.

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