The best way to beat the stigma is to be a part of the solution. As the stigma of mental health seems to fade over the years, it is still a present part of our society. When it comes to access to mental health resources, some people are resistant to take part because of the stigma or the shame that seems to surround mental health, even today. Even with access to counseling in Windermere, it may be difficult for some people to open up and feel safe discussing their fragile emotional states. However, there are ways that you can help to lift the stigma. These are a few ways that you can be a mental health advocate, no matter what you are going through.
When more people speak up about their experiences with mental health challenges, we can work together to realize that similar stories to ours exist. By sharing your experience, people may feel more comfortable to ask for help. They can see proof that there is light at the end of the tunnel, as you are still living and surviving despite the challenges you may have suffered. Shedding light on true experiences allows everyone to feel a little less alone in their own mental health journeys.
Staying up-to-date on current trends and politics surrounding mental health can also help you find a voice that empowers others. By educating yourself and learning about how to overcome your own mental health struggles, you can then work with others and provide support. There are many organizations, resources, websites, and groups that you can follow to help shed light on some of the current issues surrounding mental health.
When you see someone struggling, speak up. Let others know that you are there and that you have gone through similar experiences. If you have not gone through exactly what they have, open up about your own experiences to provide common ground. By letting someone else in, you show vulnerability that they may need to see to feel comfortable opening up themselves. You may be able to reach those who need it most.
There are many organizations supporting the cause of mental health – and you can be part of them! By joining a cause or supporting an organization, you show that you are willing to work with a team of like-minded people to end the stigma. Organizations such as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention or the National Alliance on Mental Illness are just two of the many foundations set up to combat and discuss the issues of mental health.
By taking these steps, you can become a larger part of the solution to fighting the mental health stigma. When we can rise up and become advocates for mental health, more people will follow in our footsteps and rise above to get the help they need.
Heather Oller is the owner and founder of Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching, and Counseling. She is a licensed counselor and a family mediator who has over 23 years of dedicated work as a professional in the mental health field. Through her company's mission, she continues to pave the way for future therapists, and their clients, who want a higher quality of life....and who want to thrive, rather than just survive. You can contact Orlando Thrive Therapy at 407-592-8997 for more information.