A RECENT SURVEY has shown that almost one in four adults would be embarrassed to go to counselling for personal problems.
The study conducted by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) also revealed that only six per cent of under 25s in Ireland would seek professional help.
Some 21 per cent of people surveyed had personal or familial experience of counselling or psychotherapy with incidences of attendance higher with women aged 35-54.
While more than three quarters of people who never availed of counselling said they have no need of it, 30 per cent said it was too expensive.
Most people surveyed said they manage stress on their own though almost three quarters of people said they would discuss problems with a friend or family member.
One in ten people use medication to deal with their stress while one in twelve drink more.
Shane Kelly of the IACP said tips for dealing with stress include regular exercise, spend time walking outdoors, listening to music or sitting quietly to clear you mind during breaks from class, studying or work.
“Seek the support of friends and family when you need to “vent” about situations that bring on stressful feelings”, he added.