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Mental Health Awareness Month
“You don’t have to struggle in silence. You can be un-silent. You can live well with a mental-health condition, as long as you open up to somebody about it.” –Demi Lovato
The month of May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and as such, we join the national movement to not only raise awareness about mental health, but also to fight stigma, educate the public, and provide support to our local community here in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. In fact, we are offering a 1-hour free consultation in the month of May (click here to contact us).
To those who are struggling with mental health, please know that you’re not alone, that you are more than enough, and that your identity is not defined by the symptoms that you face. Mental health is essential to your overall health and quality of life, and when you take care of yourself–whether that’s through professional therapy or self-care activities–you become more resilient.
When it comes to mental health, small actions equal big impact.
If you are worried about your mental health or are worried about someone you know, there are resources and people out there who are willing to help, no matter what your situation is. Talking about mental health helps promote acceptance and encourages people to seek help.
Language matters. The language we use to talk about mental health can either perpetuate prejudice and discrimination or promote acceptance and compassion. When it comes to mental health, words matter. It is up to each of us to be a lifeline, sharing in a commitment to care for ourselves and those around us. When we use open and compassionate language around mental health issues, we empower ourselves and encourage others to find the help they need.
Kevin Lee, PsyD