There are many reasons why people are put off getting the support they need if they feel depressed. However, suicide is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. Below are some myths that put people off getting support.
Most of the people who come to see me wear a mask. On the outside they smile, laugh and crack jokes but when I hand them my mood questionnaire, I usually see they have thoughts that they wished they were dead or had thoughts of harming themselves. People don’t usually want to say how bad they feel, that they have suicidal thoughts or they’ve had enough of this world. However, having that discussion about feeling suicidal and depressed can really help. The truth is that depression is very common but deadly. This article outlines the signs, the statistics, the myths and the support that is out there. To lose someone from suicide is heartbreaking and an awful legacy to leave. It stays with people forever.
Over the past decade the number of crisis cases where young people have self harmed has risen sharply.
School refusal is a phobia of school and the very mention of school can bring on anxious thoughts and feelings. 50% of children who refuse to go to school meet the criteria for a specific anxiety disorder. Because school refusal is anxiety based, it should not be confused with truancy. If your child is playing truant, then there are serious consequences but with school refusal, the local authorities are really equipped to help and support your child and your family.
Children don’t tend to think about accessing counselling or therapy if they are struggling with their emotions. For many adults, it takes a lot of courage and time to make that decision, so it’s understandable that many children outrightly refuse.
Body image is a very important part of being human. When we first meet somebody we form an impression of them straight away, we tend to focus on someone’s face and eyes because they give us so much information about what they are trying to communicate.
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