How stigma impacts mental health
March 24, 2020
Historically, a stigma has surrounded mental health illness and unfortunately, seeking therapy is sometimes viewed in a negative light because of this. Of course, this thinking is completely wrong and must be addressed in order for change to occur.
This type of fear or misunderstanding can lead to prejudice against those with a mental health problem. This can cause feelings of hopelessness for the individual, creating an even more serious barrier to diagnosis and treatment.
At Clearwater Counseling, PC, we like to set the record straight regarding mental health care. Those who seek therapy are looking for clarity in certain areas of their life. They are also wanting to work through complex emotions or even a traumatic experience. Sometimes, those who seek help are challenging their negative thinking patterns and striving to learn new techniques to cope with difficult scenarios.
Counseling is all about personal growth and development. It is not okay to shame those who are wanting to better themselves by choosing therapy. This is why it's critical to end the stigma that surrounds mental health care.
Luckily, there are many ways to help reduce stigma, including the list below.
Know the facts. While it's not necessary to know every detail about mental health care, it is very beneficial to know why it is so important. Mental health affects how we think, feel and act. It also determines how we handle stress, relate to others and make healthy choices. The bottom line is, mental health care is health care.
Educate others. Once you've been enlightened about the necessity of mental health care, shed some light for others. Talking about mental health only helps the cause.
Support people. If you notice someone struggling with mental health, don't turn your cheek. Offer help when you can and let others know that professional help is also available.
Be aware of your behaviors. Before you speak, always think about how your words can be perceived. Consider how you might feel if someone said something to you that was hurtful. Also, examine your own judgmental thinking that may have been reinforced by society or upbringing. Don't be part of the problem, be part of the solution.
If you or someone you know is in need of therapy services, please reach out to us by calling (308) 210-8487 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.