National Mental Health Counseling Week (May 10-16)
Seeking mental counseling can be difficult and overwhelming. In 2019, 19.2% of adults received mental health treatment of which 15.8% had taken medications and only 9.5 % who received counseling or therapy. The percentage of adults who had taken medication had increased and the percentage who had received counseling or therapy decreased. Of those people, women were more likely to reach out than men (CDC, 2022).
Mental health concerns are more common than people realize. These concerns impacted nearly 44.7 million Americans in 2016 and can range from mild to severe. That means someone you know is struggling with mental health concerns and you may not even know it. It is important to learn about mental health disorders and what resources are out there for yourself or someone that you care about (CDC, 2022).
Therapy can be a game changer. We all struggle and need additional, unbiased support from time to time. Research has shown that therapy works and the positive effects can endure for years. There still remains stigma to coming to therapy and many choose to not go even when it is desperately needed.
Taking the first steps can be confusing, difficult, and overwhelming, but it is important to start exploring options including setting up consultations with a few providers to see who you match the best with before delving in with therapy. Consultations with a therapist typically range from 15 minutes to 45 minutes and many therapists offer consultations for free. Even if you meet with a therapist and don’t feel like they are the best or they have a different area of specialty they can often help connect you with more appropriate referrals which is still a step in the right direction.
If you are interested in connecting directly with Mindful Solutions you can reach out via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone (619-353-5139), or book your free 30 minute consultation on our website!
*Although I am a therapist by profession, I am not YOUR therapist. This article is for informational and educational purposes only, does not replace therapy and does not establish any kind of therapist-client relationship with me. I am not liable or responsible for any damages resulting from or related to your use of this information. To see more information about our disclamer(s): https://www.mindfulsolutionscorp.com/disclaimers