Barriers to Seeking Help for Mental Health Problems

Barriers to Seeking Help for Mental Health Problems

Mental health is a major issue, and it is time to stop ignoring it. Mental illness has been stigmatized for centuries, and overcoming these barriers will take time. There is a huge part of the population that chooses to suffer in silence rather than speaking up about their struggles with their mental health, they do not see themselves as survivors but as problems to be solved, which is not the case. The only reason they feel like they have to hide the state of their mental health is because of the stigma attached to it, but it does not make the problem any less real. There is a need for more awareness and education regarding mental health, it needs to be talked about more, and people need to be more proactive in their own lives to get the help they need. As a community, we need to normalize asking for help and make sure that everyone gets the help they need. There are many ways that we can work together as a community toward making mental health care available to all who need it without being judged or blamed for having a problem.

The need for Mental health awareness

Mental health is an important part of overall health and well-being. It is the difference between living well and poorly, between feeling good about yourself and bad about yourself. Poor mental health can affect how you think, feel and act. It can affect how you relate to others and perform at work and in social activities. Poor mental health can make you feel like you are not good enough and might make you feel like you are physically exhausted. Poor mental health can manifest as physical symptoms such as fatigue, digestive issues, etc.

Fortunately for us all, mental illness is not a sign of weakness—it is just another way we humans express our feelings through our bodies. And while it might be easier to talk about physical ailments like diabetes or cancer than mental illnesses like depression or anxiety disorders (which affect millions), we have some work ahead of us before we can truly understand what these conditions mean for our lives and the world around us as a whole. The need for mental health awareness is at an all-time high, especially now.

Mental health issues are still stigmatized

Stigma is the fear of being associated with something that is considered undesirable or disgraceful by society. It can mean internalized stigma when someone experiences shame and embarrassment about their mental health condition. Externalized stigma, on the other hand, occurs when people with a mental health issue experience public scrutiny because of their appearance (e.g., overweight) or behavior (e.g., violent). Stigma can be as damaging as other barriers like lack of financial support for treatment or access to medical care; it is also closely linked to discrimination in hiring practices and school admissions processes. People feel unsafe expressing their feelings about mental health issues in public due to the fear of being tagged as mentally ill, weak, or irresponsible. More and more people will choose not to get help until and unless we as a community can build a safe space for them to speak freely without the fear of being stigmatized.  

Lack of awareness of professional mental health services

One of the most significant barriers is a lack of awareness. People do not know about the services, where to go and what they are, or how they work. They may not even realize that mental health problems exist. The number of people living out their whole lives with mental health issues left untreated is huge. This happens because people are not educated about what warning signs to look for and how to protect themselves. The main cause is the lack of knowledge about mental health services within India. 

There are many organizations that offer low-cost, high-quality counseling sessions but these groups typically focus on specific issues like depression or anxiety rather than general mental well-being or stress management techniques like meditation which could help with many different issues related to everyday life. People may also feel more comfortable seeking help if they have a support system in place that they can trust and turn to in times of need.

Mental illness is still seen as a weakness, not an illness

It is important to understand that mental illness is not a sign of weakness. Mental illness is a normal human experience and should be treated as such. You would not think to call a cancer survivor weak because they have the disease, the same is true with mental illness. You should always take the time to educate yourself and your friends and family about mental illness to help them understand it better. It is also vital to remember that many resources are available to help people with mental health issues and their loved ones. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please contact a mental health professional immediately.

Negative attitude towards mental health awareness

It is common to hear people say things like, “I do not want to be around people who are mentally ill” or “I do not want my children to be around people with mental illness.” While these sentiments are certainly not uncommon in society, they can cause serious barriers for those seeking help for their mental health issues. It is easy for us all as individuals and as a society to think of mental illness as weak or irresponsible—but that is simply not true! 

Mental illness is an actual disease with symptoms like fatigue and headaches (and sometimes suicidal thoughts). The stigma surrounding this condition makes it harder for people suffering from depression or anxiety disorders like PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) than other diseases such as cancer or heart disease because there is not much research being done on how best to treat them - but luckily there are organizations like NAMI India which do their best through education programs so hopefully, soon enough we will understand better how we can help each other!


Self-stigmatization is a result of mental illness, but it can also result from being around other people who stigmatize mental illness. For example, if you are constantly told how mental health issues are a hoax, how they are just excuses for weak people, or how you will be more productive if you just give up making excuses for yourself, then you are likely to internalize stigma against yourself and not ask for help when you need it most. Self-stigmatization happens when we internalize stigma against ourselves because our brains think it is normal for us to feel like crap sometimes! Or maybe we blame ourselves for why we are feeling bad—like maybe having anxiety means something about our character or worth as an individual. That is untrue. Mental illness is not a character flaw. Mental illness is not a sign of weakness. 

Unaffordability of mental health care services

There are many myths about mental illness, and people with psychological disorders may feel ashamed or embarrassed to seek help. This can lead to self-stigmatization, making it difficult for them to access the necessary treatment. In addition, financial and cultural barriers often stand in the way of mental health care. Mental health care is often not accessible to many people because they simply can not afford it. This is especially true in developing countries with no national health insurance schemes, and services are provided by various private and charitable organizations. This has meant that people have to pay out of pocket, often in the form of loans or donations. 

A second major reason people don’t seek help is that they think their problem is not serious enough or will go away on its own (self-medication). 70% of those suffering from depression say that they have tried some form of self-medication at one point in time; this includes antidepressants such as Prozac or Zoloft as well as over-the-counter pills, including Benadryl or Tylenol. This is why people with depression are often seen as lazy or unmotivated. 

There is a lack of resources for mental health

The lack of resources for mental health is a big problem. Mental health services are expensive, so many people do not get what they need. They also are not widely available and can be difficult to access.

The stigma around mental health is another problem. Many people do not understand the importance of mental health, so they do not talk about it and because of this, many people do not get the help they need. India has one of the highest suicide rates in the world.

The good news is that many organizations are working to change this. They are providing resources and support for people who need it and helping people understand the importance of mental health.

It is time to end the stigma around mental illness

If you have suffered from mental health issues for any length of time, I am sure you have been given a lot of advice about how to fix your problems. This can range from telling you that it is your fault (which is not true) or telling you that it is all in your head (which also is not true). All this unsolicited advice can make you feel like there is something wrong with you or feel you are not good enough. But what if we told ourselves something different? What if we stopped focusing on the stigma surrounding mental illness and started focusing on the strength of each person? 

The answer: It would change everything. It is all in your perception of how you look at things and who you are. It is time to stop giving attention to all these negative things and put yourself first. It is critical that you prioritize your mental health above everything else. 

For this new paradigm shift to take place, everyone needs to stop blaming themselves for their problems and start looking at the world through an honest lens instead—one where there are no excuses for why things are not okay when they should not be okay at all!


This article has looked at some of the major barriers to mental health. It is important to note that these are not the only barriers, but they are ones that we can see and address. There is a lot of work left to be done to make mental health care accessible for everyone, but with awareness, there will be less stigma around this illness and more people will be able to access mental health care.


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