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During Mental Health Week 9-15th October 2016
Psychology Consultants, Brisbane
If you have ever watched an episode of Sex in the City,” you might notice that all of the characters seem to have therapists. They openly and willingly talk about their problems over lunch; “my therapist says I should…”
In fact this is true of most American sitcoms and probably reflective of a more open and honest culture and attitude towards mental health and the importance of feeling balanced and healthy.
Aussies, well, we are a bit different in this regard and generally anyone who needs a therapist “must be crazy” right? Wrong.
The trend to have a personal trainer and/or a gym membership is on the rise with Australia’s health and fitness industry booming. Evident by the popularity of shows like The Biggest Loser and supplemented by the government’s efforts to support healthy lifestyles, this is more than just a trend but a long-term commitment to our nation’s physical health.
But what about our mental health?
Dr Jillian Millar, Clinical Psychologist at Psychology Consultants, Brisbane, likens being a psychologist to being a personal trainer.
“Every single one of us is susceptible to struggling with the ups and downs of life, the stress and pressure we face can catch up with us all.
I see the role of Psychologists as similar to a Personal Trainer for the mind; you don’t have to be unhealthy before you can benefit from prioritising your health and wellbeing.
Sometimes we help clients who are in crisis and may only want or need a short term intervention, other times people may choose to engage in regular psychotherapy to help maintain good mental health and functioning” comments Dr Millar.
So what better time than during mental health week 9-15th October, to take a step back, reflect, and value the importance of your own mental health?
And remember, if you feel like life’s pressures are getting too much, speaking to a professional can really help put things in perspective and provide strategies to help you deal with life’s ups and downs. There is no shame in it; your mind is a vital organ – as important as your heart or lungs.
Check out our team of male and female clinical psychologists on the Brisbane Psychologists page.