When an individual feels supported they may no longer feel alone in this world, and consequently, the hold of stigma may drastically lessen. As such, we must continue to promote accessible support for everyone in our communities. If such spaces do not currently exist, locating alternate safe settings is critical for the strengthening of hope. Below are a few creative possibilities to consider:
Individual therapy, is one option for a safe space that helps individuals cope with mental health concerns by looking to strengthen an individual's understanding of themselves. In a confidential setting, counseling also provides the space to explore past traumas, problematic behaviors, and other sensitive details in an individual's life.
Another possibility may include attending a local support group or a Meetup Group. Being surrounded by others who may be facing similar challenges can offer a great deal of comfort and understanding, while provide a respectful setting to begin processing your feelings.
If in person connections do not yet feel safe, finding pockets of comfort and understanding online may be a wonderful alternative to consider. One of the largest online communities to visit is Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/mentalhealth