A word on wellness:
Many people struggle with anxiety, depression and/or other mental health diagnoses. These are invisible ailments that often aren't treated with the same level of compassion as physical ones. We've come a long way against the stigma of mental health issues and therapy, but not far enough. Too many people suffer silently, afraid to tell their friends and family they are struggling... Afraid to tell anyone they are considering therapy, let alone medication. I can't tell you the number of people I've worked with who could be helped tremendously by medication, but they won't hear of it. They might already be doing the hard work in therapy and committing to their well-being in that way, but when it comes to meds --- uh-uh, no way. Even those in therapy may not want to tell people that they are prioritizing their mental health (though it's something to be proud of!), hiding therapy appointments from even the closest of friends is quite common. Many clients with a diagnosis experience shame around not being able to "get a handle on it" on their own, or feel that they should be able to "shake it" if they just tried hard enough or if they were a stronger person. Would we ever expect an insulin dependent diabetic to just "shake it off" or someone with a thyroid disorder to skip their meds and "get a handle on it." That's ridiculous. This month is Mental Health Awareness Month - let's all reflect on our own mental health (and what we're doing to improve or maintain it), as well as how we can be supportive to those in our lives who may be struggling with mental health issues. On that note, here's a Huffington Post article: 7 Things You Shouldn't Say to Someone with Anxiety and a video below on empathy.
Something to Watch:
Click here for Brene Brown's animated video with her explanation of Empathy and its importance.
Why is therapy important?
If you are experiencing adverse mental health symptoms that are interfering with your quality of life then therapy is a great way to begin addressing them. A therapist can help you explore the origin of these symptoms, understand patterns that may be occurring and give you tools to try and manage them. Managing symptoms that negatively impact your life is one reason to see a therapist, however many people enter therapy at a time when they’re feeling neutral about life, or even great! Therapy can simply be a place to gain deeper insight and reflect more fully on who you are, how your relationships work and how to lead a life you love and are proud of. Click here for a list of other therapy FAQ's that I plan to continue compiling as questions arise.
Quotes to Love:
"Every now and then, quite unintentionally, someone taught you something about yourself" - Ian McEwan
San Francisco Suicide Prevention is always in need of volunteers to do direct service, like answering the hotlines, and also volunteer to work behind the scenes in outreach and development.