How can I just talk to someone

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Talking about helplessness, fears, or concerns about your mental health or that of a loved one is not easy. This is often the first step in finding a solution to your problems. People from the environment, associations or specialists can help you to find a way out of a difficult situation.

There are many prejudices about mental health, and even more so about mental illness. For this reason, it is often difficult to talk about one's doubts and fears, not only for those affected but also for their loved ones. The fear of the judgment of the others and the feeling of shame or guilt can lead to the fact that you keep your worries to yourself and isolate yourself.

The following applies: the earlier a problem is addressed, the faster a solution can be found. It's worth taking the first step and looking for someone to talk to. Here are a few pointers to whom to contact:


Family, friends, and those around you may be there for you when you feel the need to talk. Reaching out to someone you trust enables you to be yourself and express your feelings, whether they are positive or negative.

Confiding in someone helps relieve pressure and internal tension, which can sometimes be a heavy burden. Talking openly about your worries opens up new perspectives and usually brings solutions to light.

Support groups

Various organizations offer support through self-help groups. People who are directly or indirectly affected by psychological suffering or other difficulties meet for an exchange.

In a self-help group, you can report on your everyday experiences and express your feelings on various topics. Self-help groups can also provide answers to general questions and possible solutions that allow a better handling of difficulties, suffering or fears.

The participants can exchange information confidentially and receive support and a hearing without anyone judging them. Sharing what you have experienced helps you feel less alone and better understood. Breaking out of solitude contributes significantly to mental well-being.

At the presented hand (Tel. 143) you can entrust yourself to volunteers around the clock and free of charge by telephone if you have problems. For young people, Tel. 147 Advice and help ready. The websites and also offer information specially tailored to young people.

When should one call in a specialist?

It may be that the personal resources and / or those of the environment are insufficient to cope with a difficult situation. In these moments it is important to listen to your inner self and have the courage to call in a specialist. They are there to help and guide you.

General professionals

Your family doctor, but also other specialists such as B. Teachers, school care professionals, social workers, educators, etc. can listen carefully and give good tips.

In the event of difficulties or psychological distress, they can listen to you and refer you to a specialist.

Mental health professionals

There are numerous mental health professionals in French-speaking Switzerland: psychiatrists, psychotherapists, psychologists and other specialized professionals.

You can either contact them directly or you will be referred to them by other specialists. It is part of their job to listen to you and to look for solutions together with you.

You can find specialists in your region in our directory.


In some cases, your own mental distress or that of a loved one is so severe that it poses a danger. It is an emergency.

Call in a specialist that can intervene quickly. There are such emergency services in all cantons.