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I'm a big believer in taking care of your mental health.

One in four people will suffer with a mental health condition at some point in their lives, and even though there is a lot of support out there - such as Mind and Time To Change - society still has a long way to go in terms of ending the stigma against mental health. I think there is a lot of ignorance and a massive lack of understanding that surrounds these issues.

I've had mental health issues myself and I've had a lot of therapy. I've had counselling and CBT, but I'm going to attempt counselling again to help me deal with my problems from the last 12 months, as well as dealing with childhood issues and problems I've had over the last several years (i.e. living with horrible flatmates and housemates, toxic friendships, problems with my previous jobs, issues with interpersonal relationships, etc). I've also been going to a support group on a regular basis and that's been really helpful - it's nice to know that there are others out there who are so supportive and understanding, and it's nice to be taken seriously.

I believe that your mental health is just as important as your physical health, and I do believe that the two are linked so it makes sense to take special care of your mental health as well as your physical health. For myself, if I'm mentally ill then I get physically ill too, so making my mind a priority is imperative.

Taking care of your mental health can involve many techniques. I like to practise self-care on a regular basis, and I'm slowly learning to live mindfully (living in the present and being aware of your surroundings) instead of living on autopilot. As I mentioned before, I've had therapy in the past to deal with traumatic events, and I'm a huge believer in it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking help and talking about your problems, and I'm not ashamed of it. It's always good to talk. There are different types of therapy and therapists out there - I'm interested in EMDR to deal with CPTSD. However, I understand how hard it can be to access therapy due to various obstacles - i.e. lengthy waiting lists, unavailability in certain areas, inability to access due to transportation issues, etc.

Thankfully, there is a website called Click For Therapy, where you can search for a therapist located near you. You can search for different types of therapy, from emotional freedom techniques to psychotherapy, and you can find a type of therapist that is best suited to your needs and you can find information on dealing with life issues in the blog section of the website. You can view profiles of therapists and find out their qualifications and experience so that you can find the one that is right for you. You can also search for a therapist that's within your budget so that you can seek out affordable sessions. Once you've had a therapy session you can leave and review and add your recommendations.

For the time being, I will start my counselling sessions soon, but I will always be open to other types of therapy, such as psycho-dynamic psychotherapy and EMDR. I feel as though my journey to 'recovery' will be a long one and I willing to take my time and do whatever it takes to get there because I am determined to make peace within myself and start living life to the full.

Have you ever had therapy?

*This post was written in collaboration with Click For Therapy, but all opinions are my own.

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