Stop ignoring the mental afflictions you or someone you know suffers, or brushing it off as something that’s “all in your head”. “Stop feeling sorry for yourself”, “man up”, “just be happy” are things you’ll hear people say trying to diminish the seriousness of what a person actually goes through. Each individual is unique and perceives and deals with their situation differently. What seems a minor issue to one person may be a major life stressor to another.
Did you know that most people struggle with completely normal stressors like anxiety, depression, and stress?
For some, these stressors can negatively impact their occupational functioning, their social relationships or even their physical health. At times you may be in over your head and overwhelmed beyond what you can handle. When we are free of depression, anxiety, excessive stress and worry, addictions, and other psychological problems, we are more able to live our lives to the fullest. With professional help you may be able to have healthier relationships, make better choices, handle ups and downs of life effectively, maintain overall health and well being, and reach your full potential.
So why is there so much shame in seeking help with your mental health concerns?
People think that seeking professional help from a counsellor or a psychologist would mean that they admit to being “crazy”, or that others would think they are crazy and dramatic. Some may think that asking for help is a sign of weakness, when in fact the willingness to ask for help itself is being strong. Do not give in to the stigma. Help stop the stigma.