“Though fragile, you are invincible; the possibilities are endless. You can do this.”- Ayanna Bates, An Old Teen
“I am cold to feeling sad, that useless emotion sitting in the back of my closet that is my mind.” -Ayanna Bates, An Old Teen
It is mental health awareness month; the time where we spread education of mental health, to lower the stigma of mental illness, and to help those that are struggling. Today I want to lower the stigma of seeing a therapy and spread the understanding that therapy is nothing to be ashamed of.
What is therapy and how can it help you? Therapy is a place that you can go to seek professional help for mental health issues or life problems such as grief and relationship issues or just general life dilemmas. If you ever stopped and asked yourself, “should I start therapy?” then it is probably time to seek a therapist.
What does therapy mean to me and towards my recovery? Therapy to me means a safe place, non-judgmental, comfort, and resolve. I go to therapy because I know it is the best thing for me and recovery. Because I know I need a little extra help now and then. Because recovery is about making the effort to get better. Therapy is beneficial to me and my mental health, that is what is important.
How do you find the right therapist? You can find the right therapist by first checking out cheap options. If you are in school, you should be able to seek out the counseling center on your campus. Next, check if you have insurance and what low cost options can you receive with that insurance. Lastly, see if there is a medical school close to you and see what their prices are to see an intern or resident.
There are so many options out there for you. If you or someone you know is suffering, please be encouraged to get the help that is needed. Therapy is nothing to be ashamed of and can truly change your life, I know that has changed mine.
-By Ayanna Bates: Author, writer, blogger, motivational speaker from NY