Telling someone that you were speaking to a psychologist is not something people would discuss two decades ago unless, of course, if you live in New York City. Therapy is not only embraced here but expected. I overheard a conversation at an event where people were talking about their therapists and their advice. You can hear the best conversations in and around NYC.
Perhaps COVID has pushed the conversation around mental health to rise to the top. There has always been a stigma around mental health. Can’t you solve your own problems? Why do you need to talk to someone? Why do you need to take medication for your mood swings?
Sitting on the couch watching the Inauguration, I saw an advertisement with an athlete talking about breaking the stigma around mental health. People struggle with depression, anxiety, addiction, and other mental illnesses. One in five people suffers from some mental health issue.
I was thrilled to see this initiative being discussed in the open. An issue that should be embraced not ignored. Getting rid of the stigma and getting people help is the right answer so we can all be masters of our own destiny and engaged citizens of the world.
On a side note, watching the Tiger Woods Documentary drives this home. If only he had a therapist!