Mental 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.
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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