Speak Saturdays: Are You Being Serious About Your Mental Health?

Last week, I told a story about my first experience with therapy. Quite comical if you ask me. Did I go back to therapy? Did I use the same therapist? Am I’m currently in therapy?

The answer to the questions above are yes. About three years after my first experience I decided to give therapy another go. Life has a way of making you take pause and evaluate some things.

Going to therapy does not make you a weak person. It takes a strong individual to admit help is needed. Often times, there is a negative connotation with therapy. Especially in the black community. Therapy = crazy. That is the farthest thing from the truth.

I currently work in behavioral health where we provide counseling services for kids. Imagine if kids need to talk to someone then adults also need to speak with someone.

The current events in our country has caused many people to have a high level of unrest. There are so many unknowns. I know personally my anxiety peaked again and I am so grateful to have access to someone who knew how to professionally navigate me through it.

Don’t be ashamed of therapy. Don’t feel like you need the approval of your peers. And guess what, you don’t have to tell anyone that you are going. As Tabitha Brown says “That’s my business.”

To those of you who find out someone is in therapy…BE SUPPORTIVE. Don’t ask why? Don’t project your own personal beliefs or fears onto the person who confided in you. It took a lot of courage for that person to trust you with that information.

Happy Saturday!

Neikeita

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