You might have asked yourself the question “Who am I?” – especially during the past two years.
Covid has changed our world in so many ways.
We’ve been unable to visit family and friends while they were in hospital or grieve if they’ve died. We’ve lost jobs and businesses.
Mental health concerns will affect one in four of us at some point.
Asking for support is one of the best things you can do.
I trained as a counsellor to help people struggling with feelings of loss, loneliness and isolation.
Maybe you feel disconnected from yourself or others.
I can fully empathise with some of these feelings.
10 years ago, while I was in my first term at university, my father died.
I reached out for help through a national bereavement charity and was told nobody was available to support me as there was a long waiting list.
They didn’t say:
“Ring back in 6 weeks.”
“Try such and such a place.”
It made me feel like they didn’t care; there was no compassion in their response.
Luckily I was able to have four sessions through the counselling service at university which really helped.
I lost my way though after Dad’s death. I felt anxious and alone.
However, a little black Labrador would help me find my way through the maze to a brighter future.
More about her in my next post.
If you’re feeling stuck or lost, please visit my website to see how I might be able to help you: