Margaret is our Counsellor here at Bradley Stoke Physio & Health and her timely article appeared in the latest issue of Little Stoke Gifford Matters - have you seen it drop through your letter boxes? Find it on page 15, or read it here.
Those living in Bradley Stoke will find it in the January 2018 issue of Bradley Stoke Matters when it arrives on your doorstep next month.
If you can't wait or don't want to click and want to read Margaret's article straight away, here is the text:
"This time of year, amidst the dark nights and end of year festive preparation and recovery, can often trigger a number of emotional issues for us.
"When we find these issues difficult to process, they can begin to impact our lives. Sometimes seeking and asking for help can be tricky and precarious as we often feel we are the only ones not coping, or that this is a sign of weakness. Thankfully, stories about people living with depression, anxiety, stress and other mental health issues, have been very prominent in the media recently, helping to dispel these myths.
"Consequently, more of us are beginning to share our own accounts of mental health within family and friendship groups. In some instances, as with Lady GaGa, these stories come out publically. People are realising that they are not alone in their struggles and mental illnesses do not discriminate as they affect anyone.
"Men are also now finding it easier to vocalise their own struggles. As with famous footballers (Rio Ferdinand and Chris Kirkland) and royalty (HRH Prince William and Prince Harry), men, as well as women, are benefitting from getting support through talking therapies, such as counselling.
"The most important thing is that it doesn’t matter who you are, or what you do. Just like physical illness, mental health issues can affect anyone and there is no shame in this. You are not alone and there is help out there
"Bradley Stoke Physio and Health provide support for mental as well as physical health, as we believe both are equally important, and our qualified counsellor, Margaret, offers a safe and confidential space to enable you to work through your mental health concerns. Impartial and non-judgemental, Margaret will listen and support you through what can quite often be difficult, and sometimes, painful worries and experiences. Highly competent, Margaret knows that no two people are alike, and so will use approaches to therapy that best suit you.
"To book an appointment with Margaret, or to find out more about how counselling could help you, you can read more on our website or contact Margaret on 01454 618 525."