May is Mental Health Awareness Month - here are my two cents:
1) The importance of Mental Health Services (and Mental Health providers) is not valued the way it should be. There is still a stigma to mental health struggles, even though we have all either suffered personally, or have someone close to us who has. I have amazing colleagues who are still doing this work without being fairly compensated for it. People who are severely in need of mental health support often aren't able to gain access due to insurance stipulations or lack of funds. In the spirit of Mental Health Awareness Month, please take any opportunity to advocate for the increased funding of mental health services, the increased pay of the providers (who are underpaid, and often employed by non-profits) and please continue to advocate for your own care when necessary. We all have to fight for this progress together. As always, please message me if you need referrals, or help getting linked to services. Here are two organizations to be familiar with:
2) There seems to be a misconception that one has to overhaul their whole life and rethink their career to feel like they are making a difference. That is simply not true! Let's say you have a well paying job, that affords you the ability to take good care of yourself and your family, but you're feeling a little guilty about not contributing to society in a different way. You don't have to travel around the world volunteering on a shoe string budget to make an impact. Start in your own community. Start a little bit at a time, with a commitment you know you can honor. There are many worthy causes to get involved in. Aside from staying informed politically (don't even get me started) and using your voice to impact policy, here are some organizations to peruse if you're interested in getting involved:
If you know of other organizations please message me and I will continue to add to this list on my blog.
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