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Tips on how and why we all need to look after our mental health

Clinical psychologist Cassandra Govender advises that our mental health is just as important as our physical health.

We tend to take care of the physical, going to the gym and regular doctor checkups, but often forget about our mental health.

She says as much as we take care of our physical bodies, the same should apply to mental help. She says psychotherapy is beneficial for everyone.

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We talk about therapy in the sense that it is only for people who are having issues.

Cassandra Govender, Clinical psychologist

The aim is to provide space to really find out what is going on with you.

Cassandra Govender, Clinical psychologist

You need to understand how you are managing stress and how you see yourself. It is important that we see therapy as not for really sick people but as something for everyone and an important preventative measure.

Cassandra Govender, Clinical psychologist

When and how to start seeking help to deal with mental health? Here is what Govender advises:

  • Don't be afraid of the concept of seeing a psychologist.

  • Seeing a psychologist doesn't make you weak but make you healthy.

  • Speaking to a psychologist helps exercise your mental health muscle

Govender has broken down the notion of resilience in people.

She says often we think we can handle situations and problems on our own and think we don't need help or disregard the need to talk about issues.

I have a feeling that many people think resilience means being able to cope, and by being able to cope it's not being able to lean on others.

Cassandra Govender, Clinical psychologist

Resilience is actually knowing when to lean on others, getting rid of the idea that I am a big strong man so I don't have to talk.

Cassandra Govender, Clinical psychologist

She responded to questions from listeners and further gave advice on how to deal with mental health at home and in the workspace.

We often struggle with telling our partner how we feel and what we struggle with the most. We struggle to say I have had a bad day or to say I am really not coping.

Cassandra Govender, Clinical Psychologist

There is just this idea that not being ok is a big problem.

Cassandra Govender, Clinical Psychologist

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


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