Mental health is the way we think and feel and our ability to deal with ups and downs. The persistence in the downward trend is what causes long lasting mental health problems that me lead to more severe illnesses like clinical depression.
As an entrepreneur whose work is working with people, I have encountered many people who are at different stages of dealing with mental health problems. Having suffered from some depression personally, I am well aware of the deep challenges and pain mental health causes.
Mental health problems can have a wide range of causes. It's likely that for many people there is a complicated combination of factors – although different people may be more deeply affected by certain things than others.
Here are some of the contributing factors that potentially result in a period of poor mental health:
Childhood abuse, trauma, or neglect
Experiencing discrimination and stigma
Social disadvantage, poverty or debt
Severe or long-term stress
Having a long-term physical health condition
Unemployment or losing your job
Domestic violence, bullying or other abuse as an adult
I recognise and speak out for the need for organisations to engage their employees using tools available to combat this growing problem.
Do you need coaching or or Therapy?
To be able to make a well-informed decision, the table below clearly shows the significant and sometimes contrasting differences between therapy and coaching. These differences better highlight the strengths of coaching.