May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and you’ve probably seen stuff shared about it on Facebook or Instagram that are a stark reminder that you are not the only person struggling. In recent years, people have been more open about talking about their mental health - which is great! Compared to the past, we’ve come a long way in the acceptance of therapy and other mental health treatment. We still have work to do, but that’s not the point. Individuals being more open can sometimes come in the form of admitting they’re in therapy, or simply reaching out when they’re struggling. This can sometimes cause mixed feelings in individuals.
While it’s great that people are talking about their mental health struggles, it can be hard to face the reality that as a whole we are experiencing a mental health crisis. It can be a little scary to know that life has caused problems for so many people. Knowing that other people are struggling with similar things can create feelings of community and also sadness and it’s okay to feel both of these things at once! Sharing your struggles with other people creates a bond with them that provides you both with the feeling that you are not alone.
Maybe you don’t feel comfortable talking about your mental health struggles yet with the general public or even with friends. That’s okay, too! It can be hard to fight the shame that comes with asking for help. As a society, we have created a feeling of shame for people that seek therapy or medication. While there’s nothing wrong with seeking extra support, we know it can be hard to take the first step. When I say that you’re not alone, I mean it. Your therapist can provide you with the guidance and support that you need to make you feel like yourself again.
People of all ages can benefit from therapy. Despite societal belief that therapy is only for those struggling with severe issues, or that the older generation can handle their own problems - everyone needs a little support sometimes. Therapy comes with a blanket of confidentiality as well. As long as you aren’t hurting yourself, being hurt, or hurting someone else - your therapist is kind of like a secret resource for you. This means that your family members, or friends, don’t have to know that you’re getting therapy. I pinky promise that if your therapist sees you at the grocery store, they’ll ignore you unless you say hello first. It’s nothing personal - it’s just what we’re trained to do!
Finding comfort in your friends and family is totally okay! Sometimes we all need to vent and talk about what we’re going through. However, your friends and family aren’t trained to assist you in times of crisis or need. The therapists at Mindsight are. Talking to a professional, like the therapists at Mindsight, is not a sign of weakness. Therapy is an outlet and a place of non-judgemental acceptance. If you are currently struggling, please reach out to therapists at Mindsight today!
Shelby Case is a new therapist at Mindsight Louisville! Shelby's favorite things include spending time with her animals and her spouse, watching television (currently they are watching Big Brother), and taking road trips. When she isn't providing therapy to clients, she can be found playing video games (her favorite is The Sims 4) or spending too much money at a thrift store. Shelby's favorite color is green and her guilty pleasure is reality TV shows.
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