Written by: Jenny Smith
Lots of people still have mixed feelings about using professional support, even during times of struggle. Fears of being judged or misunderstood can get in the way of admitting to personal difficulties. Many individuals and families continue to go it alone, even during time of increased pressure and stress.
More People Are Asking For Help
However during the last decade, online support services such as Mind, Relate, The Site and Ask Frank have all seen large increases in the numbers of people using their services for support, suggesting the great British reserve and pride about asking for help may finally be softening.
Once people have overcome their nerves about trusting a stranger, many find that the objective and non-judgemental support that they receive via text, email or helpline is invaluable and go on to return to using these services as and when the need crops up.
Putting Your Trust In A Stranger
The advantage of confiding in a professional stranger is that they can offer empathy and sensitivity because they are not involved in your immediate life, therefore, they are a lot less personally invested in trying to force you into any particular action. Services such as these tend to avoid directly advising you, but instead, offer you a space to express your feelings and through doing that, reach a place of more clarity and peace about the challenges that are concerning you.
The Working Parent Resident Agony Aunt
The working parent has it’s own support option for people who visit our pages, we have a resident agony aunt who can be emailed here –¬† http://theworkingparent.com/smith-solves-it/ You are very welcome to contact, she will reply to you within a few days. She can help you to understand what you are feeling a little more, offering a useful perspective about all sorts of tricky situations. Keep the contact page handy, next time you feel alone with a situation or confused about different options, give it a go and let us know what you think.