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  • Writer's pictureJoanna Baars

Why Seeking Professional Help for Mental Health is Important!

Mental health is a crucial aspect of our overall well-being, yet it is often overlooked or stigmatised. Many people may feel embarrassed or ashamed to seek help for mental health issues, often feeling like mental health support is for someone who is ‘crazy’. But the reality is that having feelings that are uncomfortable makes you human, not crazy, and receiving professional help, such as seeing a counsellor, can be the life changing experience you need.  

One of the main reasons that we should seek professional help for mental health is that counsellors are trained with the expertise to provide the support and guidance needed to navigate through our most challenging times. They are equipped with the knowledge and skills to assess, understand and support a wide range of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, addiction, low self-esteem, and many more. By working with a counsellor, individuals can receive personalised assistance tailored to their specific needs, leading to improved mental health outcomes. When we realise that mental health issues can significantly impact various aspects of a person’s life, including executive function, relationships, work, and overall quality of life, we understand that by seeking professional help from a counsellor, individuals can address all of the underlying issues that may be contributing to these mental health struggles and work towards achieving a healthier, more balanced life with richer experiences and relationships.   

Additionally, counsellors offer a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals to openly discuss their feelings, thoughts, and experiences. This therapeutic relationship can help clients gain valuable insights into their emotions and behaviours, as well as develop coping strategies to manage stress and improve their overall well-being. Whilst talking to friends and family can be helpful, seeking professional help from a trained counsellor ensures that individuals receive evidence-based interventions for their own unique circumstances, and are provided with valuable tools and techniques to help them overcome these challenges, build resilience, and enhance their mental health and overall well-being.  

It is also important to note that any mental health issue, if left untreated, can worsen over time and lead to more severe consequences, such as substance abuse, self-harm, and even suicide. Seeking professional help from a counsellor at the earliest signs of mental health concerns can help prevent these negative outcomes and promote recovery and healing.

As a final note, please do also remember that counselling is not a 'cure' for any and all issues that you may be facing, it is a journey that is not always linear. You have to be prepared to work hard to realise and nurture your own potential, by taking little baby steps each day as you develop and grow.

So even though the unknown may seem frightening sometimes and at other times overwhelming, taking those first brave steps to seek support from a counsellor, can help individuals move forwards with improving their mental health and building a brighter future themselves, and one where they thrive, not just survive. 

Kindest Always. 

Jo xxx

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