Everyone has times when they don’t feel good about themselves or lack confidence in something, but when low self-esteem becomes a long-term problem, it can have a harmful effect on our mental health and our lives.

Self-esteem is the opinion we have of ourselves. When we have healthy self-esteem, we tend to feel positive about ourselves and about life in general. It makes us able to deal with life’s ups and downs better.

When our self-esteem is low, we tend to see ourselves and our life in a more negative and critical light. We also feel less able to take on the challenges life throws at us. If you have low self-esteem, your beliefs about yourself will often be negative. You will tend to focus on your weaknesses or mistakes that you have made, and may find it hard to recognise the positive parts of your personality. You may also blame yourself for any difficulties or failures that you have.

How common is low self-esteem and confidence?

low self-esteem occurs in 7 in 10 women in the UK at any one time

40% of young women struggle with low self-esteem, compared to 18 % of young men

85% of the world’s population is affected by low self-esteem

How can we help?

You will first need an assessment with one of our therapists. You will have an opportunity to talk about your difficulties and what your goals are. During your assessment you will be able to discuss treatment options with your therapist, where you may both decide on a therapy that is best suited to your needs. The therapy and can support you to enable you to make positive changes via the telephone or in person.

To speak to someone in confidence for advice or to arrange an appointment please contact our team on Freephone 0800 230 0688

Further information

http://www.mind.org.uk

http://www.nhs.uk/video