We Are Bigger than This

I met a lady who struggled with depression. She was hopeless and did not have a good outlook on life. Our first encounter consisted of her telling me how she didn’t think no one could help her. She was stressed out with work and didn’t have any help at home. She didn’t have anyone else to turn to and thought just for a second if she went to the hospital her life might change for the better.

She was ambivalent when she arrived at the hospital because she didn’t know what to expect. She was scared because she had to trust us as professionals and listen to our word. Over a matter of days,¬†she became comfortable and opened to options I was able to provide for her. She allowed for us to talk to family and we were able to meet with them and identify her primary issues at home. The family was not aware because she made it seem like everything was perfect. The husband agreed to help out and found ways to make “home life” better for the client. After a couple of weeks of taking medication and learning about coping skills, she was able to talk about ongoing treatment. She was discharged a few days later, followed treatment that was recommended and felt good about coming to the hosptial afterall. That was her experience with mental health but she is not alone. Continue reading “We Are Bigger than This”

4 Benefits of Support Groups

Mental health awareness is on a rise. Some people don’t mind talking about it, while others prefer to stay to themselves. Either way the awareness needs to be addressed and we went too long without making the awareness a priority.

“I’m not crazy”.

Is the first thing I hear whenever someone talks about seeing a therapist. But what does that mean? Why is there a stigma for people who are trying to obtain help. Mental health is healthcare and it’s time to put a stop to the stigma. But the only way we will put a stop it is if we make the conversation comfortable in at our kitchen tables.

One way I believe the stigma will diminish is by talking. The most common places where people are taking about mental health are in inpatient facilities and outpatient mental health programs, but it shouldn’t stop there. As a matter of fact these programs are a great place to START and learn how we can make mental health a common conversation in our communities.

Mental health is bigger than that (not that those programs are not important) it’s important to think broader because people can have a mental breakdown at any place, anytime, anywhere.

I reached out on Facebook and asked people if they knew of a mental health support group. I didn’t get much feedback, which informed me there is a lack our communities. A support group may seem simple for some people however its beneficial for our communities and people who are dealing with mental health. It goes so far to have a platform where people can express themselves and know there is a place they can look forward to to hear valuable information about topics that helps them and the people they love. Continue reading “4 Benefits of Support Groups”