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Early Intervention is Critical in Preventing Mental Health Challenges from Worsening.

Updated: Feb 9, 2023

If you have been feeling anxious, depressed, low mood or grief, it is essential to seek help early. Taking the first step can make a significant difference in your recovery journey and prevent the symptoms from worsening.


There are numerous reasons why people often delay or avoid seeking professional counselling or psychotherapy when they face psychological or mental health challenges. Their reasons include fear of being stigmatised or lack of information on available resources.


Seeking early help is beneficial in facilitating a smoother recovery and minimising the negative consequences of mental health challenges. Various research studies show that people who seek professional help early have a higher success rate in preventing their mental health challenges from worsening. It also helps to avoid the detrimental consequences commonly associated with mental health problems, including weak social support, loneliness and substance abuse.


Recognising the symptoms of psychological challenges is essential to determine if you need professional counselling. Warning signs include:


  • Prolonged sadness or irritability

  • intense anger

  • Intense fears, worries and anxieties

  • Social withdrawal

  • Self-harm or suicidal thoughts

  • Feelings of extreme highs and lows

  • Inability to cope with problems and daily activities

  • Changes in sleeping or eating habits

  • Frequent outbursts of anger

  • Substance abuse or addiction


Some of the ways to help you cope with psychological challenges include:

  • Identifying mental health triggers

  • Finding reliable resources to learn more about the specific mental health condition

  • Speaking to a trusted friend or family member

  • Incorporating healthy lifestyle habits

  • Implementing specific mental health coping tools, such as stabilisation and grounding skills


While early intervention is beneficial, it is also important to note that there is still hope for those facing long-term mental health challenges. It is never too late to seek help. Though the challenge might be steep, recovery is still possible.


Restoring Peace Counselling and Consultancy offers counselling and psychotherapy for anxiety, depression, trauma and various mental health challenges. For more information, please visit

www.restoringpeace.com.sg or WhatsApp at +65 8889 1848.

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