After working as a psychotherapist and helping patients and their families for more than thirty years, I have come to the realization that there are many people all around us who are suffering silently because of their emotional struggles and social challenges. Sadly, only a few get the help they need.
Over the years, I have received so many unexpected emails through my website www.drsohail.com , looking for answers and insights into their personal, marital, social and family problems. Some people were pleasantly surprised, others shocked, that I responded to their emails and shared my professional opinion. Since I believe in mental health education, I took advantage of such an opportunity to guide people towards creating a happy, healthy and peaceful lifestyle which we call Green Zone Living (www.greenzoneliving.ca).
When I received these emails, I thought there must be many more, who are concerned about their own mental health or the happiness of their dear ones, but do not have an opportunity to consult a mental health professional, because they are too shy to get help, or such services are either unaffordable for them or unavailable in their area. So I thought that since I live in the world of social media, why don’t I start a blog. When I shared my thoughts with my colleagues, Bette Davis and Helene Henderson, they were thrilled with the idea and wanted to be part of it.
I hope you feel comfortable sharing your concerns and questions about your emotional and relationship issues. I will try to answer your questions to the best of my ability.
To respect people’s privacy and confidentiality we will use pseudonyms. Hopefully your courage to ask questions will inspire others and we can have an honest and open dialogue about mental health, a topic that is still surrounded by stigma and mystery in many parts of the world. It has been our hope that such a dialogue will help people to decrease their suffering and increase their emotional and relationship wellness. We all need mental health education to create healthy families and communities and improve the quality of our lives. The more we become self aware, the more we recognize our special gifts and become better human beings. By sharing our special gifts with others, we can serve our communities and join others in creating a peaceful world together. This blog is our humble steps towards achieving that goal.
Now, I am delighted to introduce you the Green Zone Blogging Team.
Dr. K. Sohail
MBBS FRCP (Canada)