Being honest about your mental health and how it’s affecting the way you feel or act around others takes courage. Though we’d all love to ignore that nagging voice in our head telling us something isn’t quite right, the truth is when we finally come to terms with a mental health condition and ask for help, we take the first step toward recovery.
Although mental health awareness has evolved in the past decades, many social stigmas remain intact that may undermine an individual’s choice to pursue individual therapy for anxiety, anger, family issues, grief, and so on. In fact, a common stereotype about individuals living with an illness like depression or substance abuse is that they, themselves, are to blame for their condition (National Alliance of Mental Health). Other misconceptions include mental illness being a sign of flawed character or that an individual living with a mental health condition is unstable or even dangerous.
Because of these negative perceptions, individuals may feel ashamed to ask for help or confide in loved ones for fear of ridicule or discrimination. You may even try to convince yourself that what you’re feeling is only temporary and you’ll feel better, if you just “try” harder. This happens when we internalize social stereotypes associated with mental health and let it dictate how we view ourselves and the world around us. And what may happen next is you try to hide your illness rather than seek professional mental health services, until the problem becomes too big for you to handle on your own.
The truth is pursuing mental health services should feel empowering! It means you’re taking a proactive approach to bettering your mind, body, and wellness. That’s because therapy is about more than getting helpful advice from a professional, it’s about creating an environment where individual, like you, feel comfortable in making the best decisions for a healthier, happier lifestyle.
At Calli Institute, you’ll work with a team of advanced practice nurses, psychologists, and therapists, who are dedicated to helping you find the most effective ways to cope with a variety of mental health care concerns. If you’d like to request an appointment, reach out to us today or visit our website to learn more about our therapy programs for individuals and families.
Remember that you’re not alone in seeking professional help. People all over the world are living with stress, anxiety, or depression and like you are realizing it’s time to make their mental health care a priority.