Issue 3 Mental Health

Normalising Therapy

A common misconception is that therapy is just for people who are suffering. Whether it’s from a debilitating mental illness, trauma, conflict or issue in their life that they need help with, therapy is often perceived as something people seek once something life-changing has occurred.

Seeking help in your time of need should not be a taboo subject. And there should be no shame in visiting a counsellor, therapist, psychotherapist or similar. At SOCIALight, we believe that a visit to a therapist should be just as normal and routine as visiting the doctors, dentist, getting your haircut or doing your taxes. 

In the UK we are often guilty of neglecting wellness checks, and we’re one of the nations that have the most trouble talking about our feelings. If we were to normalise therapy, make it a part of day to day life and check-in with a professional whether we were going through something or not, it could be the answer to the rising amount of people suffering from mental health issues that often go undetected. 

At the end of April 2019, there were 1,350,695 people in contact with mental health services; the majority of these (1,049,789) were in adult mental health services. There were 230,772 people in contact with children and young people’s mental health services and 116,348 in learning disabilities and autism services.

NHS

One reason many people feel when it comes to therapy is that it’s not for them. However, these days there is a range of styles of therapy using different techniques to fit different types of people. Therapy can help you understand yourself as a person, teach yourself about the way you process thoughts and make decisions as well as improve your relationship with yourself. 

Although many people rely on the support of close friends and family to speak about any problems they have, it’s important to note that these are people that have a personal stake in your emotions, health and well-being. A therapist, on the other hand, doesn’t have any preconceived ideas about you or the people around you and can provide a confidential service to allow you to speak freely and openly. Something you most likely wouldn’t do with your circle of friends.

A therapist can also spot or pinpoint patterns or behaviours in your own life that you’re unable to see, as they are a stranger looking at you from the outside in. They can identify areas in your life where you may be falling into habits or behaviours that are causing conflict or unhappiness in your life.  

Once you get more in touch with your own patterns and the way you view things, you are more likely to identify them in real life and work to end the negative ones. 

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