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How to avoid giving out bad advice

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Bad advice is everywhere. In the past few years misinformation has become so prevalent that we’re accepting it as a part of our daily life. Especially when we’re dealing with sensitive issues or topics where everyone seems to have an opinion on (which seems to be just about everything now), it can be a minefield to try and offer advice.  

 

Recently, I was speaking to a customer who wanted to offer a mental health solution to their clients but they were scared to offer them something that might not be effective or gave out bad advice. It’s a common issue I’m hearing when I’m talking to people about Leafyard.

 

For every subject matter there are going to be experts somewhere. I’m not talking about the people who think they’re experts because they read a few posts or watched a few videos online – actual certified, worked their trade for years, peer reviewed experts. And that’s who we used to source all the information in Leafyard.

 

If the scientific content couldn’t be verified by multiple sources or in a peer review journal, it didn’t make the cut. We know that mental health is a highly sensitive subject and we’re no means experts – that’s why we made sure to run everything in Leafyard through our clinical advisory board, made up of experts in their respective fields. To avoid giving out bad advice, consult the experts and corroborate what they’re saying by checking with another expert. 

 

The world is full of, quite frankly, terrible advice – some is given out accidentally in good faith, some is purposefully done to distract or create chaos – either way it’s not ideal, especially when we’re talking about people’s health and wellbeing. Unfortunately there is no quick fix or magic cure for improving mental health, and when the truth isn’t what you want to hear, you tend to not want to listen. 

 

The truth is, improving mental health takes a lot of hard work and a lot of time which is why Leafyard guides you through step by step, explaining why certain techniques work to help you, because when you understand why you’re doing something, you’re more likely to actually do it. 

 

We know the damage bad advice and misinformation can cause – we’re seeing a lot of it all around the world at the moment – that’s why Leafyard prides itself on being entirely clinically validated, science-backed and factually accurate. There’s no confusion here, only strategies proven to make you feel better.