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    Stress Awareness Month – Sabrina Khan Part 3

    In your opinion how do you think the stigma around seeking a counsellor/therapist can be reduced?

    Personally, I think that the main priority should be raising awareness and normalising the seeking of support and self-care. In my opinion, I feel everyone should have access to counselling much earlier on in their personal lives. Therefore, they can have a better understanding that in therapy the primary focus is exploring our patterns of behaviour and the unhealthy coping mechanisms we adopt that are no longer working, thereby being able to unlearn these patterns and learn new healthy patterns.

    What can people do to get involved with helping others or the mental health industry as a whole?

    • Be kinder and more considerate to each other.
    • Do not dismiss each other’s thoughts and feelings, an issue which may feel small to you could be overwhelming to them.
    • Respect that someone may not be fully ready to explain everything straight away, some issues can be incredibly personal or difficult to discuss, if and when the situation is comfortable, they may feel ready to discuss what’s on their mind.
    • Be sure to value and empathise with the individual, their opinions and the context behind their thoughts. Alongside this try to personally explore the industry or services that support them, in order to have a stronger foundation of knowledge when addressing delicate and complex situations.


    Which potential improvements or changes would you like to see that could help facilitate a more nurturing workplace and improve mental health?

    There are a number of changes in both work approach and workplace facilitation that could make help lead to a healthier setting. To begin with, realistic expectations in terms of work output, availability and capabilities will help establish what can be achieved and where changes need to be made. Alongside this, clearer and more consistent boundaries will assist in outlining areas which need to be approached with a sense of tact or addressed professionally with updated regulation. There is also the situation of providing appropriate support and guidance when external issues may affect someone (e.g. relevant signposting if necessary).

    It is vital to acknowledge that most employees want to do a good job but can at times be affected by external issues so empathy, communication and a sense of security go a long way.

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