Psychology studies the human mind. And an individual is the best psychologist for himself. An individual can read his mind better than anyone else. Also, a friend or a parent can many times provide better counseling than anyone else. With the increase in the percentage of patients with depression and anxiety there is a dominant need of more number of psychologists. Suppose we educate each graduate on the basics of counseling techniques then we will have more number of psychologists. If all parents are taught the basics of counseling they will be more equipped to provide moral character and right thinking ability to their children. If all students of graduate level know the art of counseling there will be less cases of drug abuse in their circle because they will be able to counsel each other on the side effects of drugs and smoking. If every second person on earth will be a counselor then there will be a provision of guidance and direction in every home. If every second person will be provided knowledge on educating an alcoholic then there will be more awareness. Just like moral science the counseling science should be taught since the schooling age, so that each one who is in high school knows the basics of counseling. Thus, there will be more understanding of human behavior and more care for those getting indulgent in wrong deeds.
I am not proposing a clinical psychologist’s license for each one who graduates but the knowledge on the basics of counseling techniques to deal with situations in school, home and work. It should also be noted that psychologists help is taken in cases when the condition has become adverse enough to hamper the living. However, in reality the wrong ideas and concepts, wrong believes and mind set, wrong attitudes and inclinations, wrong focus and emotional effects begin much earlier. For instance, a person might start smoking at the age of 16 years but he starts admiring a smoker while he is only 8 years old. Now, psychologists are not consulted at the age of 8 years when he starts admiring a smoker for smoking. The psychologists are consulted when he starts smoking or becomes an addict. If we will have a counselor available for the child at home then he can be counseled on not admiring the smokers for their smoking habit. Thus, the disorders begin with thoughts much earlier in the life of an individual and the best way to assure better help will be to assign every individual the task of counseling the right things. This will have yet another benefit. The high school students who are taught on the art of counseling the drug addicts or alcoholics will have less chances of being addicts themselves. Thus, steps should be taken to teach the art of counseling to all students since an early age. This education should stand on the grounds of educating on what is right and wrong. This can certainly help preserve ethics on earth and thereby assure better mental health.