Poor mental health can affect anyone regardless of whom we are, where we work or our circumstances and background. We as individuals can experience and interpret similar situations differently and therefore how we think, feel and respond will all be different.
We are so used to being the helper that we often do not recognise when we are struggling to cope and to ask for help.
It is important to remind ourselves that this is a strength to seek support and guidance for our mental health. It is one thing helping others to identify triggers and look for patterns of unhelpful thinking, quite another when looking at this for ourselves. Endeavouring to comprehend our triggers, our thought patterns and responses is important to looking after our mental health.
Although it can be difficult to change our admit as professional workers that we may at times need support to address our own mental health, it is crucial to our well-being and our professional practice that we do this. Being able to take time out for ourselves and having supportive relationships is important. Where trust is there to give us that opportunity to speak about your mental health and to feel listened to, can have a helpful impact on our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It is a step towards looking after our mental health
We are not always aware or recognise when our own mental health dips. We can be so busy with work and family life that often we neglect and ignore the tell-tale signs. Most mental health problems appear gradually so it is important to attempt to understand ourselves better so we can best support ourselves through our own actions and through the support of others.
Sometimes we can be diagnosed with a mental health disorder or feel you may have one. It is important that you seek professional medical advice, guidance and support.
Your employer has a duty to care and to support your mental health. Your work place will have information and resources available to you. These should be easy to access and readily available.
Talking therapy, also known as psychotherapy, divides out in many different directions. These include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), psychodynamic therapy, humanistic therapy and more. Most of these types of therapies are available in both individual and group settings. It is helpful to find the one that will be more suitable to you.
Please know you are not alone – we all face difficulties and hard times and we all need help and support throughout our lives.
It can often feel like taking care of your mental health is difficult. Often times the reasons that we are not feeling our best are complex or outside of our control. Try not to be too harsh on yourself, as even the steps outlined in this guide might be difficult to complete if you are not doing so well. Most importantly be kind and gentle to yourself and recognise that your mind is reacting as it should to stress that is higher than usual.
If you would like to start to address some of the areas that you feel may be contributing to your mental health here are some tips you may find helpful to begin the process.
Mental health – everyone has it and we all need to take care of it. There is a more over-all awareness nowadays regarding our mental health and how to look after this, through many different information outlets and resources available; however, despite this, poor mental health issues are continually increasing. Mental health problems can affect around 1 in 4 people currently in a given year. Poor mental health can happen to all kinds of people from all different walks of life and there can be many contributing factors. You may be looking for some pointers and guidance to improve your mental health or need advice on how to access professional help. This guide will offer you some mental health advice and support links which we hope you find helpful.