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I'm scared about being admitted to a mental health facility

Your Question

How bad must i be to be put into an mental inpatient. I am scared of that happening but at the rate i am going it will probably happen


Hello, welcome to Ask Alex,

We are really sorry to hear that you’re feeling this way, and it’s important to recognise that reaching out for help is a brave and responsible decision. If you’re experiencing thoughts or emotions that are causing you distress, it’s crucial to share these feelings with someone you trust, like a parent, teacher, or counsellor. They can offer support and connect you with the appropriate resources. However, if you feel you are in imminent danger, please contact the Gardaí at 999 or 112, or present yourself to your nearest accident and emergency department.

Remember, asking for help doesn’t mean you’re “bad.” Mental health is complex, and reaching out is a sign of strength. If you’re worried about being admitted to a mental health facility, know that it’s a step taken in extreme cases to ensure your safety and well-being. Mental health professionals will assess your situation thoroughly, and their goal is to provide the care and support needed for your recovery.

You’re not alone in this, and there are people who care about you. Don’t hesitate to share your feelings with someone you trust, and together, you can work towards finding the support you need. There are organisations who specifically support young people who have mental health difficulties, here are some:;;

If you feel you cannot talk to someone you know just yet, you can chat to the Childline Team anonymously. We are a non-judgmental, non-directive service, and can help you look at options that are available to you. You can reach us 24-hours a day, every day by free-phone at 1800 66 66 66 or through Live Chat on our website

Please reach out to us again soon, we are waiting to chat with you. Until then, take care of yourself,


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