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Quick Reads #11 - Reasons People Don't Seek Help For Mental Health Issues

According to this study, named "Mental Illness Stigma, Help Seeking, and Public Health Programs", over 70% of  people don't actually receive any help for mental health disorders. That's way over half but the question is why is this number so high? Well there are several reasons people don't receive any treatment such as shame or guilt or even financial difficulty. Let's take a look at a few of them in more detail.

  1. Shame

    One of the most common reason people do not seek help is because they feel shame. Most people think that going to seek help is bad and seeking help might have a bad impact on their education and job. Trust me, it won't, instead you would become a way better person.

  2. Barriers

    This includes things like having financial hardship or the lack of help nearby. This is such a common barrier where you may not want to skip school or work to seek help and would rather stick to your normal routine. Perhaps you do not have enough money to seek help and this can be solved by looking at free online therapists.

  3. Distrust

    Sometimes its just difficult for people to talk to strangers about their life, and that's ok! Some people also worry that their information won't be kept confidential, which 99% of the time it would be.

  4. Hopelessness

    Mental health disorders can sometimes make people believe that they will never get better. This can make it worse for the person and way harder to receive help. The person would feel as if they are not important enough and should never get the help they actually need. It is absolutely not true.

Even though you may struggle with getting help, it's something you should get over with and some websites even offer free therapy online! You deserve help and you deserve the best. Is there a reason we might have missed? Write it in the comments. Good luck!

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