I do not normally Rant especially if feeling a bit negitive lol, however on world Mental Health Day 10th Oct 2015,
I Did and it is below. The main Message is “Ask For Help it is OK”
See what you think.
I don’t normally rant on Facebook but as today is World mental health day and as I work in this field, I decided to do so today.
It frustrates me so much at how the general opinion is that to have a mental health problem, one has to be diagnosed by the health system or be severely mentally challenged or “Not Normal” or “A Bit mad”.
From my experience personally and through my work, this is not the case and we are all “not normal” there is no normal, however what we are though is actually Different, we are all different in many ways. There other stigma is that if you go to therapy you are really messed up and not strong enough to deal with our daily challenges etc. It’s so frustrating to hear these opinions all the time and I must admit I too in the past was one of those people too.
The mind is the most complex part of our body and is still not fully understood completely, the different chemicals and how they affect our moods and so on, scientists still do not fully understand this machine inside us that controls so much of us.
Depression, Stress, Anxiety and so so many more mental struggles that are out there. You do not need to have these symptoms severely to have a “Mental Challenge” in my opinion and to need help and assistance. If you have any of these or any other just in a mild form you need help.
Any challenge that is hard for you to overcome, know that there is help out there for you for everyone. There are no magic wands but there is help available and it needs to become more socially acceptable, to be able seek help in whatever form that is for you with no stigma attached to it.
I believe that seeking therapy is one of the most important decisions you will make for your own health and wellbeing and also it will transform your life, whether it is hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, counselling, self development, mindfulness or any other type of the many great therapies out there. There is no one stop shop for helping but there is definitely a therapy for each and every one of us that will help us overcome our challenges or struggles.
If everyone actually thought about the things they cannot deal with clearly and calmly they would understand that we all have mental challenges that we fight with. Even though they apparently appear to be “small” and “sure everyone has them”, or “that’s life its tough get on with it” and so on and so on, no matter how small they are still there and we all have them. Think about it, and ask yourself
Are there some times when you
- Can’t Control you anger or temper
- Do you get road rage occasionally
- Do you get stressed occasionally
- Do you get depressed occasionally
- Do you have to have a drink to calm you
- Do you have to have illegal substances to calm you
- Do you have to have medication to calm you
- Do you suffer from constant headaches
- Do you suffer from sleeping problems
- Do you eat to help or even not eat perhaps
- And the list can go on and on.
So the message is this: In my opinion we all have these challenges or struggles that we face, and that are trying on us and instead of asking for help or actually spending our valuable hard earned Euro’s on getting help for our own “mental health” we choose to spend it on other unhealthy options.
Asking for help is not a sign of weakness it is actually a sign of Strength.
Going to therapy to help yourself does not mean you are a failure it means you are willing to learn and help yourself to achieve your goals and enjoy your life for you.
Do not be afraid “It’s Ok to ask for Help” “Be Mentally Aware of your own Mental Health” “ Find a therapist that suits you”