Wondering if you should talk to a professional about that issue that’s been weighing on your mind?
Many people are unaware that counselling is a crucial mental health service that lots of people in society really need.
Why do people need counselling?
Well, modern life as we know it is full of challenges.
- M. Scott Peck, in his book ‘The Road Less Travelled’ wrote:
“Life is hard. This is the truth, one of the most important truths. It’s an important truth because once we know it, we overcome it. Once we understand that life is hard – once we truly comprehend and accept this fact – then life ceases to be hard. Because, once this truth is internalised, the fact that life is hard stops being important.”
Peck is basically trying to say that once a person genuinely accepts that life is difficult, they realise they can overcome the challenges that life throws their way.
Accepting this truth about life is the secret to being able to find strength.
After acknowledging that life is not easy, you may expect to need help from other people every once in a while.
One of the best forms of help you can get for life is counselling.
Here are 5 reasons why people seek counselling.
#1 – People Aren’t Getting the Help They Really Need
According to the Black Dog Institute, mental illness has a high prevalence with 1 in every 5 Australians aged 16-85 suffer from a mental illness every year.
Of these, 54% are not accessing treatment for their mental health condition. This means that less than half the people who need help are getting it.
The numbers are very clear, and something needs to be done if society is to proceed on the right path.
At the top of the list of things that need to be done is teaching people the importance of counselling.
People must understand the benefits of counselling so they can easily take the step of seeing a counsellor when necessary, without fear of judgement or embarrassment.
Once they are able to take that step, they will see a dramatic improvement in the emotional well-being and overall quality of their life.
#2 – Counselling Can Help with Mental Illness
If you suffer from bipolar disorder, anxiety, depression, or any other mental health condition, you are likely to go through many difficult periods in your life.
Many people who suffer from these conditions have benefited a lot from counselling or seeing a counsellor in person or by phone or online.
According to the rehabilitation experts at Gold Coast Detox and Rehab, a condition such as substance abuse would require counselling too. “When it comes to something like substance abuse, there is often a dual diagnosis alongside a mental illness. Meaning that counselling becomes an integral part of the rehabilitation and healing process.”
Almost half of the Australians suffering from a mental illness are seeking assistance.
This indicates that people know the importance of counselling.
Counselling is a great way to help people cope with mental health concerns conditions.
#3 – Talking to Someone Outside of The Problem
What would it be like to talk to someone outside of the problem? Someone who will listen to you with out judgement and not condemn you for how you are feeling or thinking.
By talking to someone who isn’t a friend or family member and is a trained professional you can air your concerns and frustrations knowing what you say is confidential.
For many people talking to a counsellor can often lighten the load they are carrying.
#4 – A Counsellor Can Help When Someone Is In A Crisis
If somebody is having suicidal thoughts or is planning to end their life, it’s very important for them to see a counsellor right away.
If the person shares their thoughts or intentions with a family member or friend, the person that they confide in should help them to find a counsellor as soon as possible.
Counselling is a safe space where you can express your fears, worries and difficulties without being judged.
A counsellor’s main job is to help people regain their emotional stability and well-being.
#5 – You Can Get Help Online
In our highly technological world, it’s very easy to get the help you need on the internet.
Online counselling is a thing and you should not hesitate to try it out.
It can be as effective and therapeutic as face-to-face counselling.
Finding yourself needing to talk to someone today? Get in touch with Finding The Light now.