Join Us May 5 for a Twitter Chat to Reduce Stigma Around Therapy

MHAM twitter chat graphicMental Health Awareness Month is just around the corner, and GoodTherapy.org will be honoring this time by sharing your stories of therapy and healing, educating people about mental health issues, and spreading the word about ethical therapy—all the things we do best year-round! We will also be collaborating with Stamp Out Stigma for a Twitter chat about how we can continue to reduce stigma around psychotherapy and encourage those who need it to seek help. Please join us for this discussion on May 5, 2016, at 11 a.m. Pacific Time using hashtag #SOSChat.

Stamp Out Stigma is a campaign organized by the Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness with a philosophy in line with GoodTherapy.org’s mission and vision. Their dedication to reducing stigma, opening conversations about mental health and addiction, and educating people about substance abuse and mental health issues are all reasons we are excited to collaborate with Stamp Out Stigma for this chat. With our combined social media presence, we will reach new audiences to continue educating others about mental health and therapy and make the path to healing less daunting.

Mental Health Awareness Month is not just about staying aware of mental health and substance abuse issues, but also opening doors to treatment and minimizing anything that might stand in the way of someone seeking help. Too many factors discourage people from getting the assistance they need, whether it’s financial or insurance issues, a lack of knowledge about therapy, fear of the unknown or of therapy itself, or many other reasons. These factors and more contribute to the stigma around therapy and getting help, which in turn can further reduce the likelihood that someone new to therapy will seek treatment.

To make matters worse, pop culture and the way mental health and therapy are portrayed in the media often create more barriers that might hinder someone from going to counseling. Movies and TV shows continue to perpetuate myths and misconceptions of therapy, as well as falsehoods about mental health issues and substance abuse. Until mental health concerns are given proper attention and until people with mental health issues are seen as normal and valued, rather than flawed and troublesome, there will still be work to do to reduce stigma in the mental health field.

Please join us in our mission to educate others about mental health, reduce harm in therapy, and empower all people to seek the help they need and get quality treatment. You can do your part this Mental Health Awareness Month by attending our Twitter chat on May 5 and continuing the conversation. Follow @Good_Therapy and @StampStigma on Twitter to stay informed.

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  • Nora

    Nora

    April 27th, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    On a positive note I don’t think that there is nearly the number of people today who would be embarrassed to admit that they have been to therapy not in the way that it may have once been the case.

  • Seema D

    Seema D

    April 28th, 2016 at 10:30 PM

    The scenario is changing today…more n more people are connecting to their feelings n healing…n no more feel it to be a taboo….almost all my clients are out of their apprhensions n believe people should seek professional help if and when they need n feel happy they took a plunge….

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