Prevention is better than cure: that old thing
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I like to write my blogs to assist thinking a little differently.
It seems we are in a place of needing to consider different perspectives in the world right now.
I take my time to do some information gathering and paint a new picture on the state of wellness, mental health and our complex lives here in this blog.
Many times over, the concept of ‘prevention is better than cure’ enters my professional work and personal life.
There are a great many examples of the need for prevention in our community and the world at-large.
One example is the a large number of teens having trouble with managing their screen use, another is the increasing rates of depression and antidepressant use (nearly 1 in 10 Australians take antidepressants!), and finally, the environmental problems of our world.
If we could take a step back and be objective, if we can work together, we could help prevent a large number of problems in the future – for all people across the world and the environment – as we need somewhere to live.
I liken these issues to the old adage ‘prevention is better than cure’.
So, whilst a simplistic concept, if we can help each other and be more human about the support we provide others, rather than the individualised support we provide – we will feel more connected to others.
Since the 1960s, there have been many who’ve suggested we humans need to change the way in which we interact with the environment.
This is symbolic of how we are now treating our minds, our general environment and our hearts.
We need to consider the material we are feeding our bodies, our minds and our hearts.
The irony of so much choice – on Netflix, TV, the internet, YouTube and social media – is that we get stuck due to choice!
Well, we are now at a point where we need to sit up and listen – with mental health problems and illnesses rising in both younger generations and older generations alike, we need to take stock.
Social connection – whichever way we can find it – is essential for humans. Johann Hari also comments about this here and suggests there are many reasons for the increase in anxiety and depression and that Australia isn’t doing too well on this front.
Humans need each other.
We are wired for connection, not disconnection and separateness.
Some of the rise in depression and anxiety rates across the world can be attributed to social disconnection with social media and less participation in team sports by children and adults.
Over the past few years, I have been offering relationship and family counselling, online supervision groups, online and group training for therapists, workshops for the community and retreats for the general public.
It is astounding that when the research is there, that we’re not offering more supported groups, workshops, retreats and community events with government funding – as the Medicare system is designed for individualised psychological therapy.
Individual counselling and psychological services may assist, though we need to encourage more community-based initiatives of creating community, creating groups and allowing new gatherings of people to come together – in order to feel more connected and alive.
Regularly, I create new groups and I’m open to assisting you if you’d like to create new groups for your workplace, community or to your specific needs. Please contact me if I can support you further.
Isn’t it better if we can all ‘be the change that we wish to see in the world’?