Let’s celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month, October, and Destigmatize Mental Health.
10 October 2023-Mental Health Awareness Day
Commemoration of World Mental Health Day on 10 October is aimed at creating public awareness to make issues related to mental health a global priority.
The body is as important as the brain they both fulfil a very important role and one cannot without the other, if mental health gets prioritised then physical health will follow suit.
What is Mental Health
According to the World Health Organization (2018), mental health can be described as a state of well-being in which the individual realises his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.
Mental health is vital to our functionality as human beings. It is important to invest, promote, protect and restore our mental health. When we feel mentally well, we can work productively, enjoy our free time, and contribute actively to our communities (WHO, 2020).
Some tips on achieving and maintaining good mental well-being
- Having confidence in yourself
- Having positive self-esteem
- Feeling and expressing a range of emotions
- Building and maintaining good relationships
- Feeling engaged with the world around you
- Living and working productively
- Coping with the stresses of daily life
- Adapting and managing in times of change and uncertainty
If you have a mental health problem, taking steps to look after your mental health can help you improve your wellbeing:
- Tell people what helps – treatments/types of support / triggers
- Spot your early warning signs/triggers
- Keep a mood diary – track your moods
- Build self-esteem – feel more confident and able to challenge adversity
- Eat well (healthy)
- Avoid drugs and alcohol
- Get enough sleep
As I am a Registered Counsellor, I have a limited scope, I can assist in identifying mental health disorders, psycho-educating the client on them and then referring them appropriately.
The following acts fall within the scope of practice of Registered Counsellors:
- being the first line of community-based psychological support;
- providing preventative and developmental counselling services and interventions on all systems levels;
- performing supportive psychological interventions to enhance emotional functioning and mental well-being;
- performing basic psychological screening for the purpose of mental health as a preliminary screening tool in order to refer appropriately;
- developing preventative and developmental interventions on all systems levels;
- provide counselling in conjunction with interdisciplinary support teams
- provide psycho-education and mental health promotion.
- report writing and providing feedback to clients on interventions.
I am able to assist with the following:
Abuse and neglect
Aftercare support – Relapse prevention plans etc.
Coping with divorce
Phase of life problem
Sibling relational problems
Spouse or partner violence
Victim of Crime
Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me for an online counselling session. Let’s together create an environment where you can connect with yourself again, an environment that fosters and encourages authenticity. An environment where you can follow your gut and get to know what it looks like.
After doing an intake I might be able to help you with a few sessions using BWRT (Brainworking Recursive Therapy) read more about BWRT on another blog on my website: https://thewellsamaria.co.za/what-is-brainworking-recursive-therapy-or-bwrt/, or we will use another technique depending on your unique needs.
Contact Me & Book your online session!