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Can I risk trusating someone with my mental health issues? - May 22nd 2016, 12:04 PM

I've been suffering from psychotic depression, anxiety and suicidal tendencies for quite some time now.
For the past few months, everything's been getting worse - panic attacks, emotional meltdowns once every few weeks for no reason...
Something quite traumatic happened two months ago (long story) and it's starting to affect my school life more than it should.
I've never reached out for help because of trust issues with adults and lacking the means to go to a professional anyway.
The only adult I've told about the traumatic experience is one of my teachers, literally the only adult I trust. He listened and hasn't said a word about it to another teacher, who is the one who screwed me up two months ago, when she asked him repeatedly what I have against her.
He's the only adult I'd trust - or person - with my mental problems but what I've already told him has put him at risk, since he's keeping something from an inquiring colleague. If that rule didn't exist, I'd tell him everything with (almost) complete trust that he'd keep it.
Should I tell him, since he's kept one secret and talking to him helps me for some reason, or is it just too big a thing to risk, since if he did have to tell his superiors about it, I probably could never talk to anyone about it again.
Please help, this is killing me.
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Re: Can I risk trusating someone with my mental health issues? - May 22nd 2016, 04:30 PM

Hey there,

I'm sorry to hear about your situation and I'm glad you decided to talk to someone about it

To be honest I don't know anything about rules concerning what teachers are allowed to/obliged to tell other teachers, but either way you took an important step forward by telling your teacher despite your trust issues.
The way I see it talking is the best thing you can do whenever you are experiencing problems and in that case you should just take the risk and go for it if it makes you feel better. Even if something were to come out, your teacher can hardly be blamed for trying to help a student in need (that's part of his job after all). On top of that he needs to respect your wish for privacy unless you are putting yourself or someone else in danger, for example if you wanted to kill yourself.

Are there any specific reasons making it impossible for you to go see a professional? It's okay if you are not comfortable talking about it, but as you already know simply being open about your problems helps a lot and it's even better if there's someone able to offer helpful advice in return. They could also show you techniques to manage your panic attacks and control your emotions to some extent and it might really be worth considering

Hopefully I was able to help you a little and feel free to PM me any time if you would like to talk!

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Re: Can I risk trusating someone with my mental health issues? - May 22nd 2016, 05:44 PM

First of all I am so sorry to hear you are struggling.

Your teacher is obligated to report this is you have been hurt by someone or if you are a danger to yourself or others. SO telling him about the traumatic event I think he does have to report that and he also has to report the suicidal stuff or else he could get fired for endangering the health of a minor and maybe even go to jail.I think you should tell him if he is obligated to tell high ups he should if you really don't want him in trouble.

If you trust him then I would tell him whatever is on your mind or bugging you. But just know he might have to report it.

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