Research shows that mental health is very often a medical condition, which not only requires support and treatment, but proper education and understanding of the condition.
Sadly, two thirds of individuals who have a diagnosable mental illness will not seek professional help for it; for many, the stigma associated with mental illness prevents them from taking those pivotal steps to get the help and support they need, for fear of discrimination.
At Pinnacle, we want to challenge the myths associated with mental health, which can often contribute to this stigma that people still face. We want to enable people to come forward and seek the professional advice, support and guidance they need to start making positive steps towards a happier, healthier version of themselves.
Mental Health Myths
Myth: There is nothing I can do to help an individual suffering from mental health problems
Fact: Friends, family and other support networks can make a significant difference to those suffering with mental health issues and often, it is these groups of people who are able to influence the individual to seek the professional support and treatment that they need.
Myth: Mental health issues don’t affect young people, it’s just a part of puberty
Fact: Young people can experience mental health issues, whether this is a product of their biology, a psychological issue that they have had to endure or perhaps social or other life factors. Early intervention and support can ensure that they receive the treatment they need.
Myth: People with mental health issues can snap out if it if they really want to
Fact: Mental health issues aren’t anything to do with being weak or idle. Often, the issue has arisen as a result of a number of potential reasons, from a change in brain chemistry, to a life trauma or perhaps even a family history of the illness. With proper support, it is possible to recover fully.
Myth: Self-help techniques and therapy is a waste of time for individuals with mental health
Fact: Dependant on the individual and the illness, it may be likely that medication is required, however, in some cases, dedicated time with a therapist, along with investing in mindfulness, meditation and other self-help techniques, can have a positive impact and aid recovery.
At some point in our lives, all of us are likely to experience some kind of emotional distress or trauma. What we don’t know is whether these everyday occurrences will lead to mental illness. We don’t plan for these things to happen but if they do, it’s important for us to know that we can talk about it and have the support to get through it.
If you would like more information on how we can help you, or someone you know, experiencing a mental health issue, please get in touch on 020 7060 4375. We’d be happy to have a no obligation chat about how counselling and therapy can support you in making positive steps and ultimately aid your recovery.