While we have seen significant progress in recent years in breaking the stigma around mental health, the stigma remains extremely prevalent and is holding people back from seeking the help they need. One common sentiment concerning mental healthcare is that people are supportive of others seeking and receiving psychological services; however, they do not hold the same sentiment for their own mental health. People will often place this stigma onto themselves, believing that they are not ‘crazy’ or ‘damaged’ enough to receive therapy – essentially, they do not feel they are worthy of seeing a psychologist. However, this sentiment is extremely dangerous and needs to change.
As our principal psychologist, Mary Magalotti has said: “Some people think they have to be ‘crazy’ to see a psychologist, which stops people who need help from seeking it and reinforces the idea of mental illness as something that only happens to ‘other people’”.
Mary Magalotti on the Importance of Early Intervention
There is a critical need for mental healthcare to become more accessible and to normalise people seeking professional therapy, even when they do not have a mental illness. Furthermore, there should be a greater emphasis on early intervention when it comes to mental health. Early intervention and preventative care are commonly accepted in the mainstream medical field; for example, it is absolutely normal to receive regular skin checks to detect skin cancer before it becomes life-threatening or to receive a flu injection every year to reduce your chances of developing the flu. This approach to healthcare should be carried over to the psychology industry.
Early intervention can make an immense difference in a person’s life trajectory. When a person experiences negative mental health, it has the potential to seriously affect their relationships, work, capacity to be successful and general quality of life.
Mary Magalotti raised the point that “the way we see the world affects the way we behave and the way we act towards others. If you’re continually making decisions based on a picture of the world that’s distorted; your relationships and wellbeing can be adversely affected”.
Henceforth, it is crucial to seek therapy if you feel like your mental health is becoming compromised or is at risk of becoming compromised. The earlier you tackle any trauma, stress or mental issues, the more control you will have in ensuring such factors do not negatively affect your life.
Life Resolutions – Professional Psychologists
If you are struggling with your mental health and need help, or simply need someone to talk to. Don’t be afraid to reach out to the Life Resolutions team. The first step is always the hardest, but once you take it, you’ll start on the path towards long-lasting mental wellbeing. Everyone deserves to feel valued, worthwhile and happy, and you are no exception.
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