I think that I need help for my mental health but I don't want to go with my parents/them finding out. How do I go to the doctors then?
Hi Poppy, thanks for getting in touch.
It’s completely understandable where you’re coming from and I’ve been in your shoes before. Depending on your age, certain GP Practices allow you to get an appointment without parental guidance. I know that some practices allow 15+ year olds to make appointments independently.
However, having been in your shoes I think that telling your parents may be a viable option. I thought that my parents wouldn’t understand or would judge me, however after telling my parents I wish I told them sooner (believe me they’re not the most easy parents). Especially if you’re 14 and under, as sometimes the independence makes you feel stronger but when it comes to mental health the thing you’ll need is support as mental health waiting lists can be extensive.
hi. my name is Lucy and I'm 15 years old and i think i have depression. I want to make an appointment to see my doctor to see if i can find out whether i do , but i don't want my parents to find out because they don't think depression is "a real condition", like making the appointment is fine, but finding an excuse to leave the house to go to the appointment is hard. i can't use the excuse that i'm going to a friend because all my friends live too far away and I can't say I'm going shopping because I have no money at the moment, what do I do?
Hi Lucy. Do you have a family member or friend who could take you to this appointment so your parents wouldn't suspect? If you go to a school which has a student support, they might be able to sort your appointment out and take you there during school time. If none of this works, you could try and get your doctor to explain that depression is a valid illness to your parents. You could ask them to talk to your parents over the phone or if possible either your parents visit your doctor or your doctor visit your parents. I hope this helps you a little, and some of our articles on our site might help you too! Good luck and let me know how it goes. -Ella
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