During the first week in October each year, thousands of people come together for one reason, and that is mental health awareness. But what is mental health really described as? Well, according to MentalHealth.gov, it is, “our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.”
So, it is clearly a priority to treat, right? Not so much. There is still an inadequate treatment gap. According to the World Federation on Mental Health, any kind of access to mental health services in middle and low-income companies is nearly impossible, and with approximately 75%-95% of those living with mental disorders, they are not getting the treatment that they so need and deserve.
I can personally attest to this a little bit myself. As a freelancer and a single mom, I am certainly not rich by any means. My insurance is not the best, and while I do have a great psychiatrist, I only get to talk to him once about every six months, which isn’t totally ideal, especially when my OCD is really bothering me and I need someone to talk to. Finding a therapist that I can keep is a bit hard. My last therapist told me it was better if I saw someone else.
It is not just like a snap of fingers and I can have a therapist now. I mean, I definitely could if I had the money. But being on the insurance that I am, it is somewhat hard. I have to call and get on waiting lists, and then hope for the best when I have my first appointment with them. There aren’t a terrible many therapists around where I live, either. Although, while writing this I do have to call to find one somewhere. I’ve been lackadaisical about that.
As you all know, I live with mental illnesses, MDD, OCD, and GAD. I’m certainly not ashamed of any of them. I used to be. I definitely thought I had to be ashamed of them, and to keep myself hidden in the dark about them. However, I am not anymore. There is still stigma surrounding mental illness, and we all have to work hard to help smash it. That is our goal here at MMH – To smash the stigma surrounding maternal mental health.
So let’s start smashing the stigma! I’ve linked a ton resources below, as well as Get involved, like us! Even if it is just sharing something on your social media, you don’t know how far and wide that little action can reach!
am I missing resources? Please link in the comments and I will add it!