Thinking about seeing a counsellor or asking for help from a GP can be tough and scary. Lisa is a mum of 4, and that’s how she was feeling when her daughter was going through a pretty tough time. But Lisa kept telling herself that by reaching out she was doing the right thing and through talking to the right people, her daughter started to feel better.
Some of the signs that Lisa saw in her daughter include:
- Difficulty in getting her daughter to get out of bed and go school, which turned into an argument everyday.
- Lack of interest in day-to-day activities.
- Fighting with her all the time.
During this experience, Lisa found it difficult to let her daughter see the psychologist on her own. Through some self-reflection, she realised that she had to trust that the psychologist was a trained professional and that they had her daughter’s best interests at heart.
What made Lisa hesitate to reach out initially was the fear that she’d be judged as a parent and mother. It’s a common feeling among parents and you don’t have to be able to fix everything yourself. Lisa realised that it wasn’t about her, but about her daughter’s wellbeing and health. She realised that it didn’t mean she was a bad parent, but the exact opposite - she was doing what was right for her daughter by taking steps to get help.