Why people are embarrassed to say they have had therapy
Unfortunately, there is still a stigma around receiving mental health treatment even though growing numbers of people are speaking openly about their decision to seek help, including various high-profile figures. One reason for feeling embarrassed about undergoing therapy is the way some people associate poor mental health with weakness, whilst others still see people who receive support as violent, dangerous or even to blame for their plight.
Getting the help that you need
At 4TherapyUK, we are working hard to help end the stigma around mental health issues. Embarrassment or feelings of weakness and failure can prevent people from coming forward to ask for the help that they need. Not seeking help can cause conditions to worsen. Reluctance to take action can arise from misconceptions about mental health. There is nothing wrong with seeking help if it is needed.
Risks of avoiding treatment
Some people fail to take action because they feel as if they are a disappointment to their families. The longer a mental health issue is treated, the worse it can become. Those who don’t get the help that they need may start to feel more and more isolated and start to experience worsened levels of anxiety, stress and depression. We help clients to remember that they are not defined by their mental health issues, and use an ethical, supportive and non-judgemental approach designed to help clients feel as comfortable as possible when using our services. Nothing that millions of people in the UK receive treatment each year can encourage those with mental health problems to take action. Studies suggest that over 1 in 5 people will have suicidal thoughts in their lifetime. It’s estimated that 1 in 6 people will have experienced a common mental health problem in the last week.
Stigmatization of mental health can result from prejudice and a lack of awareness. Research has consistently shown that people with mental health conditions rarely become violent, and many never have thoughts of suicide or self-harm. Labelling people with mental health conditions can be very harmful, but attempts to raise public awareness of mental health issues and educate people about them can be incredibly valuable, reducing the stigma and encouraging more people to seek help. Most mental health conditions can be treated or managed with therapy or a combination of therapy and medication.