Most people still consider counselling to be a taboo. This is not just with regards to certain eastern cultures. Just yesterday, I heard a pastor had died by suicide from depression. There is nothing wrong with getting help, and there is no shame in sharing our weaknesses. We are all humans; we are not God. People need to realize that they don’t have it all together and don’t have to wear a mask to present themselves to others. Even Jesus had a group of friends who He could turn to. He was not afraid to express His sorrow and sadness. As human beings it is necessary to express our emotions.

People are concerned about their image and financial cost. Some think nothing of spending a lot on partying and drinking, buying a bigger house, another car, more clothes, shoes, bags, the newest cellphone or other electronic gadgets. You name it, they got it, and more. Again, it’s all about the image. People are willing to spend money on things that increase their image in society. But internally, they are crying out for help. Unfortunately, some consider going for counselling as a sign of weakness and not worth their money. When it comes to getting help for mental illness or addiction, spending a few hundred dollars a session seems too much for them. Why?

Some think their mental health is not worth their money or time. Are they thinking that they don’t deserve to be mentally and emotionally happy? I mean really happy. Have you considered the impact mental illness is having on you and your loved ones?

Those who choose not to get help early will pay more for treatment later. Prevention is always the best choice. I hope that I have stimulated your thinking about the value of counselling in comparison to the cost of not getting counselling early. It is your choice to choose either a life of prevention or simply be robbed of good mental health and happiness.