Mental health refers to our cognitive, and/or emotional wellbeing, it is all about how we think, feel and behave. We all have the potential to have mental health problems. The problems can be short or long term in nature and may or may not require additional support, such as medication and mental health counselling. According to WHO (World Health Organization), mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes 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.” WHO stresses that mental health “is not just the absence of mental disorder.”
Signs of a mental health problem may include difficulties at work/school, difficulties in relationships with family and/or friends. Other signs include changes in sleeping or appetite, dramatic mood fluctuations, consistently unhealthy relationships, flashbacks, nightmares or racing thoughts. Having these symptoms doesn’t mean that you have a diagnosable mental health condition, but it is a sign that you could benefit from mental health counselling.
To cope effectively, an emphasis on holistic health is encouraged; that is a focus on biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of one self. Common mental health conditions that benefit from mental health counselling include adjustment disorder, anxiety, mood disorders such as depression, grief and loss. Other problems that benefit from mental health counselling include: addiction, trauma, chronic pain, relationship issues and stress management.
Mental health counselling at HUM is varied and customized to each individual. Our nurse counsellors, physicians, and psychologists use a range of therapeutic techniques and frameworks in order to provide mental health counselling that is suitable for you. This includes cognitive-behavioral, Gestalt, existential, motivational interviewing and family systems therapy, just to name a few. Sessions will often include feedback, challenges, and recommendations of action that you can take outside of the mental health counselling sessions.