Reflections on World Mental Health Day

More and more each day we are fighting the stigma against mental health, however in many places this stigma still exists. Mental health isn’t just something that affects a few people, it affects everyone at different stages of our lives. Not only does it impact how we feel, it impacts how we think and act. No matter who you are, your background, your age, your ethnicity, your identity, mental health is a universal human right. 

We often hear what mental health issues look like, but what does mental well-being look like? When we are looking after ourselves, we can feel more content, manage stress, feel better physically, learn more and have better relationships with others. Everyone deserves to feel this way and everyone deserves the opportunity to improve their mental well-being. 

Each individual presents with their own unique characteristics, experiences and challenges. While mental health issues may present similarly in all of us, it's important to look at the whole person, rather than merely the symptoms. We, as humans, are incredible at protecting ourselves in the face of adversity but sometimes the ways we protect ourselves can become harmful. Taking a holistic approach allows me to better understand you and how the challenges you have faced in your life have led you to where you are today. With this understanding, I can better help assist you with your well-being. 

Regardless of where you are on your mental health journey, talking with someone can make a difference. You don’t have to be in a crisis to seek support from a psychologist, but if you are struggling, what better time to seek support than now? We can help you to understand what is happening for you and provide you with direction to assist with how you feel, think and act to foster your mental well-being. Let's exercise our human rights and make mental well-being an achievable universal goal for all. 

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