Post by Emily Ann Richmond, BAMSI
There are times when you just need to vent to someone. Having a conversation can help you better understand your own thoughts and feelings. When times get tough, a friend can be a reliable source of emotional support. Furthermore, getting an outside perspective can help you figure out what’s wrong and what you need to do about it, which could lead to a way forward.
For instance, talking with a close friend, family member, or therapist about a difficult decision you are facing can provide you with helpful insight and different points of view that you may not have considered before. For example, a friend might suggest that you take a step back and think about the long-term consequences of your decision, which could help you weigh your options more carefully. Additionally, talking to someone who is not as close to the situation can provide more objective feedback. This person will not be as emotionally invested in the outcome and can offer a more critical perspective.
In 2021, approximately 41.7 million adults in the United States received treatment or counseling for their mental health (RESOURCE: https://www.statista.com/statistics/794027/mental-health-treatment-counseling-past-year-us-adults/) Mental health issues affect approximately 1 in 5 adults. It is encouraging to see more people seeking help for their mental health. Treatment and counseling for mental health are essential to living a healthy and happy life.
Help is always available, and you are never alone. The Massachusetts Department of Mental Health has a Support Line – available 24 Hours (833) 773-2445 for calls or chat or call 988 for the suicide prevention hotline.
So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, remember it’s okay to not be okay, and it’s okay to ask for help.