Mental health stigma is one of the main reasons why people do not get the treatment that they need. People often feel ashamed or embarrassed to admit that they are struggling with a mental health condition, and they don’t want to be seen as “weak.” This is a huge mistake. Mental health conditions are just like any other medical condition and should be treated with respect. In this blog post, let’s discuss how to overcome mental health stigma and get the necessary help.
Mental health stigma: Speaking with a trusted loved one
If you are feeling stigma about your mental health condition, it is important to speak to a trusted friend or family member first. This person can provide you with support and understanding.
They can also help you make the decision to seek professional help. Taking the first step is the hardest. If you have already opened up to somebody close to you that you can trust, it may feel easier when you speak with a professional therapist about your mental health next.
Look for virtual appointments
Virtual appointments over video calls or even phone appointments are an excellent option if you are nervous about meeting somebody. Many people feel more comfortable talking to somebody over the internet or on the phone. Online counseling can help you to open up about your mental health without feeling as much pressure.
You can find a virtual doctor online that offers mental health support, and there are some great sites dedicated to talking therapies. Many people are choosing this option these days because it’s easier to fit around their schedule, and it seems less daunting.
Write down what you want to say
If you are feeling nervous about meeting with a therapist, it can be helpful to write down what you want to say beforehand. This way, you will not forget anything and you can take your time to think about what you want to say.
It can also help the conversation to flow more smoothly because you will not be thinking about what to say next. When you have a lot of difficult, confusing feelings, the idea of trying to explain them to somebody else can feel scary. But if you have a clear plan for what you want to say beforehand, you may be more at ease.
Ask lots of questions
Remember, it’s fine if you don’t like your current therapist and you don’t think that they are a good fit. The first session is your opportunity to ask questions and get to know them better. If you don’t feel comfortable, it’s perfectly fine to find somebody else.
It’s also important to ask your therapist questions about their experience and expertise. You want to make sure that they are qualified to help you with your specific mental health condition. You can also learn more about how they work and what mental health management techniques they will give you so you know what to expect.
Takeaway on the mental health stigma
Seeking treatment for a mental health disorder, such as hoarding. can be very scary, especially because there is still a lot of stigma around it. But if you keep these tips in mind, you will likely be better able to overcome the hurdle.
12 thoughts on “Overcoming mental health stigma: Break the silence and get treatment”
Wonderful article! Thank you for all the great tips, especially with asking the health care providers questions. I feel like it’s one of the most important steps after taking the first step. People definitely need to be compatible to start working together. Hopefully, more and more people will continue to speak out and stand up for the mental health community.
Yes, hopefully more people are talking about this topic that has been swept under the rug for far too long xx
Wonderful article. Things are starting to get better with mental health stigma, but we still have a very long way to go.
Thanks for helping move forward the conversations about mental health x
Excellent article! Having been on the mental health journey, I completely agree that culturally we need to be more aware and compassionate toward those who need therapy and other treatment. I personally love the virtual option for therapy. I have done it myself and it allows you the convenience of not needing to take off from work to get treatment. Also, the comfort of being at home while participating in therapy can be a very helpful. Anyway, …. thanks for sharing your insights in this article. Best Wishes! Leigh
Thanks for explaining how the online option has been helpful – and I’m so glad you’ve used the resource! Sometimes online can be a great method of reaching out. All the best to you xx
So so so true. Thank you
Thanks for appreciating the message here, Pauline
Great wisdom in this message. Thank you.
Keep smiling, Melissa xx
An excellent article, Christy. Thankfully, there is more general acceptance regarding mental health issues. Hopefully, this will trend upward as, more and more, this aspect of life becomes a conversation.