Sharing – Now Is the Time to Re-Examine Stigma About Mental Illness

Sharing – Now Is the Time to Re-Examine Stigma About Mental Illness

We have gotten better at discussing some mental health issues, but there’s still so much more to do. It’s still not safe for too many people to even admit they need help with anxiety and depression, even though right now we all need support. There is still a severe shortage of help available, and we still treat other mental health issues with something other than fear.

If not now, when? Those of us who can share our stories, should be doing exactly that. For all the people who can’t. And, maybe even more, we need to remind the world that these issues affect people everywhere, from all backgrounds. It’s not just Hollywood, and it’s not just on poor neighborhoods, it affects plenty of people that we probably come in contact with every day. People we know, people we love, people we work with, neighbors, friends, family, etc. are, or have been, struggling with their mental health.

Maybe once we convince enough people of that, they’ll care enough to do something about it.

Sharing – Digital Tools Are Revolutionizing Mental Health Care in the U.S.

Sharing – Digital Tools Are Revolutionizing Mental Health Care in the U.S.

Is technology a panacea for everything that’s wrong with mental health care in the US? No. Are they always the appropriate solution? No. But do we need to find some way for technology to step in a fill this gaps when the need has been going unmet like this for so long?

“We have a crisis in mental health care in the United States. Sixty percent of young people with major depression received no mental health treatment in 2017-2018, and one quarter of adults with mental illness reported an unmet need for treatment. In the U.S., 55% of counties have no psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker, and 70% don’t have a single child psychiatrist. Queues for substance abuse care can be weeks long; 70% of those who needed substance use treatment in 2017 did not receive it. To make it worse, many practices have closed or reduced their capacity in response to pandemic health concerns.”

Sharing – Strong social support decreases mental health problems in young adults

Sharing – Strong social support decreases mental health problems in young adults

Granted, they were quick to point out that the data was collected pre-COVID, so we don’t know if this has held true during the pandemic, and that’s fair. This year has been a whole different ball game for all of us. That being said, however, this is not the first bit of research to point out how we can ease the likelihood, and the severity, of some mental health struggles by simply supporting one another. That feeling that we are not alone in this, that we belong and are connected to other human beings, is a powerful force in our lives, and a powerfully negative force when it’s not there.

We have all the tools we will ever need to stay connected and supportive of each other, all we lack is the willingness to commit to it.

Shared Links (weekly) – Dec. 6, 2020

Shared Links (weekly) – Dec. 6, 2020

Teach Your Kids the Red Flags of Online Predators

Put your mental health first this holiday season

A Digital Resource Toolkit for Prioritizing Your Mental Health

How to talk to loved ones about their mental health

Sometimes We Don’t Show Concern Until It’s Too Late

Toxic Positivity Won’t Help With Depression

Trauma unmakes the world of the self. Can stories repair it?

Send a Text, Save a Life, mental health support

How I Deal With Dissociation as an Abuse Survivor

Sharing – If Healing After Abuse Was Easy, Everyone Would Do It

Sharing – If Healing After Abuse Was Easy, Everyone Would Do It

Suzanna’s article below is about domestic abuse as an adult, but I think a lot of it also applies to survivors of childhood abuse as well. Not all of it, but nuggets like this seem very familiar to me: “Looking at the past brings shame, judgment. No one wants to be a victim. It’s embarrassing….