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Managing low self esteem

20 August 2021 Blog
Mental health
Most people struggle with low self esteem at some point in their life. St John of God Murdoch Hospital mental health nurse, Monica, discusses ways to get support.

Self esteem can ebb and flow dependent on what is happening in your life.

When those negative feelings like constant self-criticising show up in different ways like comparing yourself to other people, fearing that you may fail at things that you do or feeling unloved and unwanted; then this may be a trigger to seek some support.

There is some ways to seek support and you may try different ways prior to landing on what is best for you.

1. Therapists

Therapists can be a valuable additional to your current health team. A trained therapist can offer support and tackle the problem that you feel is affecting you the most.

You can access therapists via your GP and working with your GP on a mental health plan. You may also find it useful to access some of the online support via chat, email or forums. Beyond Blue is an example.

2. Community groups

These can be located in the area where you live and most of the local councils list them on their websites, at your local shopping centres, or in your local paper. Some may be organised religious groups and many are not affiliated with religious groups.

3. Journaling 

Journaling can be a useful way to put down your thoughts and make some goals, however big or small, and plans to achieve them. Writing your experiences down can bring clarity and also allows you to look back on whether what you are doing is helping your self esteem

It can be really hard to seek support when you aren’t feeling good about yourself so try your hardest to take the next step. Make sure you let people know you are struggling a little so they can help you in the way that is best for you.

Find out more about St John of God Murdoch Hospital's mental health services.


Kaley, J (2021, Feb 3). Finding support for low self esteem, HealthyPlace. Retrieved 2021, July 21 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/buildingselfesteem/2021/2/finding-support-for-low-self-esteem

Monica Taylor
Monica Taylor - Deputy Director of Nursing – Mental Health

Monica is an experienced nurse with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and health care industry. Her passion and specialisations lie in patient safety, mental health, healthcare management and organisational development.