9 Reasons People DO NOT Seek Help For Their Mental Health
LikeKristen. Mental health advocacy, recovery, and awareness. I’ve been making videos online about mental health awareness recovery and support for four years now. It’s been four years! Oh my goodness. I get a lot of questions on why won’t my friend seek mental health treatment? Why won’t my mom seek mental health treatment? Why do I feel so abnormal to seek mental health treatment? Throughout my career online I found so many different reasons why people do not seek treatment and today I kind of want to go over those reasons to spread awareness for them and to kind of start the conversation around them because there’s a lot of things that would make it so people don’t seek treatment when they need to and these things need to be changed. These things need to be challenged so these people can get the help that they need. One of the most common reasons why someone will not seek mental health treatment is because they have fear or a shame associated with coming out as being mentally ill. Either through their family that they think their family is going to shame them or they fear that something will happen if they talk about their mental health. They don’t want the discrimination that comes with a mentally ill label. They want to seem normal and there’s a fear and a shame associated with the mentally ill label that shouldn’t be there. That’s why I have my channel to spread awareness. That’s why I do so much for spreading awareness so this label is filled with shame or fear. It’s filled with support love and kindness. Lack of awareness. When I was younger I had no idea what mental health was mental illness was. The only thing I knew about depression growing up is what I saw through the television. I saw these people were depressed that made them isolate themselves extremely suicidal very bad behaviors. These characters on TV would betray the most stereotypical things of depression and I believed that. So when I was diagnosed with depression I thought that my life was over because I was branded with that mentally ill label and I had no idea about anything with depression or anxiety. That’s why I went online and I looked up things about it cuz I had no idea. Sometimes people don’t seek help because they do not know that they have a problem because they’re not well educated on what mental mental health is. Raising awareness can really help people understand that they’re having a problem and then they can have that knowledge on where to go get support and where to go get help. Feelings of inadequacy. Some people feel inadequate because something is wrong with them. They feel like less of a person if they come out and say that they have depression anxiety or any other type of mental health disorder. It’s seen as a weakness and they feel abnormal or inadequate if they talk about it. Because they feel inadequate they often just deal with their emotions by themselves and they do not seek help with friends families or professionals because they don’t want to seem less than a person. Being a burden on others. This is very common in teenagers and older adults. People who have mental health disorders sometimes we feel like we are a burden on our friends our families and even the doctors that help us. We don’t feel like we are worth their time. We don’t want our families to spend money on our treatment. We don’t want our families or friends to go out of their way for us because we don’t feel like we’re worth that. Hopelessness. Mental health makes you feel hopeless worthless it puts you into isolation sometimes because our symptoms can get so bad. We don’t want to be a burden on others. We don’t want our families attention. We don’t feel like we’re worth anything and so hopelessness like nothing is going to get better that’s something very common as a reason why people do not seek treatment is because they feel like what’s the point? treatments not going to help. My family and friends aren’t going to help. I’m worthless and useless and hopeless. Afraid. Some people are simply just afraid of admitting to themselves that they have a problem or admitting to other people that they have a problem. There is an intense fear and an intense afraidness because of it. In some cultures it’s not a good idea to talk about your mental health and that’s sad. I live in America. I’m privileged. We have resources galore with mental health services but even here it’s hard to get someone to reach out for help but in other cultures there’s no help. There’s nothing. Or if you come out and talk about your mental health it’s dangerous even for you and your family. And that’s sad that some cultures have to go through that but it’s true. So there is a fear around talking about it. And so people just push it aside like it doesn’t matter. Money! I can’t go to therapy because I don’t have any money. This is very common and a lot of places therapy is extremely expensive for one-on-one therapy for different types of treatment it’s very expensive. Some insurance companies will not even cover mental health services because they don’t think it’s necessary. But there are a lot of alternatives to this very expensive therapy. For me my personal life I don’t have a lot of money for therapy. I’m a college student basically broke don’t have a lot of money. I understand the feeling of it’s too expensive so I’m not worth getting help. There are so many great alternatives to get help. If you guys missed my last video on support groups, support groups are very good and very cheap. Some of them are even free. There’s also alternatives to therapy where like MFT’s or counselors are trying to get their hours at a certain clinic. They’re trained they’re okay to help you but they’re cheaper because they’re trying to get their hours or they’re even free. You can go to try to find those in your area. There’s also self-help books workbooks and just educating yourself online. That’s free available and it can really help you. Sometimes though there’s no resources available in your area. Resources are a huge factor for people seeking help. If you want to seek help but there are no resources in your area it could be a big boundary for you. There are other things you could do besides going to therapy. Practicing self-care in your daily time reading self-help books educating yourself online. I know it’s not a lot and it’s not therapy but it’s something and it’s so it’s a step in the right direction. And the last thing is severity of symptoms. This is something that has plagued me before in my life and something that I think I need to work on personally is it’s very common to believe that our symptoms aren’t bad enough to seek treatment. Oh yeah I’m fine I’m just I just don’t feel well it’s okay. A lot of people wait until it’s too late to seek treatment. They wait and tell they’re extremely suicidal and they’re coming into the ER. That’s when they feel like it’s time to go and reach out to help. When they’re on the brink of killing themselves. This is the reality people. I’m giving you the reality. People actually do feel this way. If you are struggling right now I want you to know that there’s no shame in reaching out for help. I want you to know that you are not alone in this. There are a lot of people around you for feeling the same way and maybe they’re even scared to come out and talk about their own mental health. There are services in your area that you can reach out to. If there are no services try to reach out to a family or a friend and if there’s absolutely no services there’s also some help books workbooks and educating self in the internet. There is so much help around you. You are not alone in this. If you would like to educate yourself on mental health I have a variety of videos on my channel that could help you so please subscribe because I make videos every week on mental health. If you would like to follow me on any of my social media I also post a lot about mental health on my Twitter my facebook my snapchat my Instagram and if you would like to help the channel out and earn amazing prizes and behind the scenes photos please think about donating to my patreon page it really truly does help the channel and helps me continue making videos. I love you guys please stay safe and I’ll see you guys have time. Bye guys!