Let’s celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month, October, and Destigmatize Mental Health.

10 October 2022-Mental Health Awareness Day

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
  • Exercise
  • Eat well (healthy)
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol
  • Get enough sleep

 Resource: https://www.safmh.org/mental-health-and-wellbeing/

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

Acculturation difficulty



Aftercare support – Relapse prevention plans etc.


Attachment difficulties



Coping with divorce

Managing emotions

Phase of life problem


Relationship challenges


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.

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