A well-known drawing by Charlie Macksey from “The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse” (2019) has been shared a lot across the internet:
A book full of simple yet profound words that we can all relate to, that cause us to think.
It takes a great deal of courage to reach out and ask for help with regards to a mental health issue. Even though there is more awareness than ever about mental health and society has come a long way in de-stigmatising it, it remains a difficulty for people to say “help”.
As a result, this often means that people leave it until crisis point before asking for professional help. There are many good resources and strategies available that can be implemented before therapy; however, it should not be felt that these things are necessary to try before approaching a mental health professional.
For some the root cause of finding it hard to ask for help is down to family experiences growing up, either being taught they should be independent and self-sufficient, or that they attempted to ask for help and received a negative response. For others it might be feeling overwhelmed, not knowing where to start and how to keep going with day to day life while dealing with the challenge at hand, or feeling daunted by the constant news stories about the crisis our mental health system is facing and the potential of long waiting lists to get help.
Whatever it is, asking for help is brave.
It might be the bravest thing you’ve ever said, it might also be the hardest, but it will definitely be worth it.
If you are needing help and would like to book some counselling sessions please get in touch.