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[Vectr Weekly #29] The taboos around mental health

March 3 · Issue #29 · View online
Vectr Weekly
The taboos around mental health…

A question: have you ever had challenges regarding your emotional or mental state?
It’s becoming slightly more acceptable for people to talk about going to therapy. And I hope that trends continues, or rather accelerates.
But when thinking about therapy, one of the things that stands out for me is that, while most or perhaps everyone would benefit, only a tiny fraction of people seek it out. There’s still a taboo or perceived stigma, so people are hesitant to seek help.
As you’re likely aware by now, this is one of the things we spend a ton of time thinking about, the fact that people are afraid to ask questions.
Sometimes you don’t know what or who to ask, or perhaps how to broach the topic.
Sometimes there’s a lack of opportunity to ask. Therapists can be expensive, so many simply lack access.
Another thing that stands out to me with regards to mental health is that, whenever I hear someone talking about mental health, they often feel alone or isolated. They feel like no one could possibly understand what they’re feeling. But in reality, tons of people are suffering from similar challenges.
So the question I’m posing is, what if there was an anonymous community where you could go to ask questions about your mental health challenges? Might that be a helpful resource?
Now don’t get me wrong, things like depression and anxiety can be serious medical emergencies. And in those instances, you should seek out professional help. But what about the every day psychological challenges that we face that we’re often afraid to talk about. What if you could ask questions and seek help without anyone knowing it was you that’s asking? Even if you didn’t receive an answer, would seeing that other people have similar questions be helpful in decreasing the sense of isolation?
We’d love to hear your thoughts, so don’t be shy about hitting the “reply” button on this email!
Stay curious!
-Jeremy & Jake
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