When to Seek Professional Help for Mental Health

Posted on Match 21st, 2023.

As a therapist, I am passionate about breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health. One of the most important messages that I try to convey to my clients is that seeking professional help is a sign of strength, not weakness. However, I also know that taking that first step can be incredibly difficult. So, when is it time to seek professional help for mental health? 

Signs to Look Out For

Of course, everyone's experience is different. But here are some signs to look out for that might indicate it's time to seek professional help for your mental health:

You're Struggling to Function in Daily Life

Are you finding it difficult to get out of bed in the morning? Are you struggling to complete tasks at work or school? Are you withdrawing from social activities that used to bring you joy? These could be signs that your mental health is impacting your ability to function in daily life.

Your Symptoms Are Affecting Your Relationships

Are you lashing out at loved ones? Are you withdrawing from your partner or friends? Are you struggling to communicate effectively? If your mental health symptoms are affecting your relationships, it might be time to seek help.

You're Engaging in Harmful Behaviours

Do you find yourself turning to alcohol or drugs to cope with your symptoms? Are you engaging in self-harm or other destructive behaviours? These can be signs that you're struggling to cope and need professional help.

Your Symptoms Are Impacting Your Physical Health

Are you experiencing physical symptoms like headaches, stomach aches, or insomnia? These can be signs that your mental health is taking a toll on your physical health as well.

You're Having Thoughts of Self-Harm or Suicide

If you're having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, it's crucial to seek help immediately. You can call emergency services, a crisis line, or speak to your GP or a mental health professional.


Mental health struggles can be incredibly difficult to navigate, but it's important to remember that you don't have to go through them alone. Seeking professional help is a sign of strength, and it can be a crucial step towards healing and growth. At Zoe P Counselling Service, I specialize in therapy and counselling services in Colchester, UK. My goal is to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings, and to help you develop the tools you need to thrive. If you're experiencing any of the signs mentioned above, or if you simply need someone to talk to, I'm here for you.

You can reach me at 12065-48899 or [email protected] to schedule an appointment or to learn more about omy services. Remember, it's okay to ask for help. I'm here to support you.

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