We interviewed Mental Health Consultant, Zura Rubab Khan! She is based in Pakistan where she is serving as a certified professional in the Mental Health career field. Learn about her take on mental health!
QUESTION: What is the main focus of your job?
ANSWER: The main focus of my job is to help people who are suffering in silence and who might never get a chance to reach out for professional help for their mental health concerns & conditions.
QUESTION: What inspired you to choose this career path?
ANSWER: I chose this career path because I always had this humanitarian approach towards people & life! I am more of an empathetic person by nature and that is one of the many reasons I’m just passionate about my job. Additionally, it genuinely makes me happy to promote positivity in our community!
QUESTION: What does “mental health” mean to you?
ANSWER: Well, for me, mental health is one of the most necessary subjects for people to be educated and aware of. It also is about how important it is to normalize the stigma that revolves around the mental illness.
QUESTION: Tell us about how you approach counseling treatment and how you individualize treatment for a client.
ANSWER: Every individual is unique and different, and may have different personalities and mental capacities! So, the treatment plan/interventions that we, counselors or mental health consultants/therapists, decide will also be different for every person according to the proper assessments and diagnosis.
QUESTION: How do you help a client/patient maintain positive growth?
ANSWER: This is a really good question. Promoting and maintaining positive growth is essential and vital to mental health. Since almost all of the conflicts that start in a person's life are due to the negative, hopeless mindset; I would definitely love to advise the people that mental well-being is far more important than anything that costs your mental peace!
QUESTION: How would you describe the path to recovery of mental health in terms of length and difficulty?
ANSWER: First and foremost, we need to provide psycho-education to our people because psychological counseling, or any therapeutic approach, doesn’t work like magic! IT DOES TAKE TIME. Educating our people will help them realize that we are dealing with human emotions/ feelings and behaviors. So, it takes a while to work on these sensitive concerns regarding their mind. Furthermore, we need to assist them in understanding that these emotions have been a part of their personality for so long, maybe years. So, a bit of patience & acceptance is necessary in this “journey of healing”.
QUESTION: What advice would you give someone who is struggling with a mental illness?
ANSWER: I would advise anyone who is suffering from any sort of a mental illness/condition to start believing that your mental illness doesn’t ever make you weak in any way. Just because your mental illness isn’t visible doesn’t mean that it is not real. Please seek professional help because asking for professional mental help itself is the most courageous act to do! So, make your mental health a priority because YOU MATTER!