Seeking support – these common excuses are no excuse

It can be a difficult decision to reach out for extra support when we’re struggling. Not only is there a lot of stigma attached to seeking support, but there’s also a lot of common myths and misconceptions too.  

Like therapy is only for crazy people. Or psychologists will sit you on a leather couch and ask you about your childhood. The truth is, if people reached out for support in times of stress or when they first started to struggle, feelings of overwhelm and not coping could be dealt with much more quickly and effectively. 

 There’s no shame in getting extra support and it’s actually a really helpful resource when people need it the most. Despite this, people still make excuses not to speak to a professional and get the help they need.

The following are a few of the most common excuses – and reasons why you shouldn’t use them.  

 I can do it on my own. 

  • Maybe you can, maybe you can’t – is it really worth taking the risk? Mindstar Wellbeing & Mental Health professionals are trained to help others with evidence-based strategies. They’re the experts. Even if you can do it on your own, getting some extra support might be just the thing that helps you get back on track more quickly and easily. If that’s the case, why wouldn’t you? What is the worst that could happen?

 I don’t have time. 

  • You do have time. You have 24 hours in a day for the rest of your life. You just may need to reorganise your priorities for a little while. If you’re still struggling to fit it in, then we can offer flexibility to suit your needs. Like the choice of phone, face-to-face or video sessions at a time that suits you. 

 I saw mental health professional once and they didn’t help. 

  • Finding a good professional is like finding a good hairdresser or mechanic – you need one that you like and trust. Sometimes it can take time to connect with the right person for you. Don’t give up on the first go.  Mindstar’s matching service ensures we find a professional that suits your needs and situation.  

 It’s a sign of weakness. 

  • Bulldust. It’s a sign of strength. And we’ll have that argument with anyone that tries to tell you otherwise. 


If you feel like you may benefit from some additional support then Mindstar might be able to help. Reach out to us, that is exactly what we are here for!