Because of what therealjacksepticeye said briefly in the recent LIS episode, I felt like this was a good opportunity to basically highlight what he said. He talked briefly about how there is no shame in seeing a counselor to talk about your problems if you need someone to talk to. Even if you are healthy, it’s good to see someone to talk things out.
There is a social stigma surrounding counselors and therapists that tell us that going to one means you’re crazy or mentally unstable. And while there’s nothing wrong with mental illness, going to a counselor does not mean you are weak or sick. In fact, it can help prevent you from becoming depressed in the future. I personally have seen a therapist ever since I was 14 for depression, and she and I had a great relationship. She didn’t treat me like I was crazy, and it’s not like you go in and they’re all “well now let’s find out what’s wrong with you.” It’s not like that at all! The only difference between seeing a therapist and seeking advice from a friend is that a therapist is well-versed in the behaviors of the human brain, and can help you figure out stuff you wouldn’t on your own.
And lastly, if you do have a mental illness, THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT. YOU ARE NOT CRAZY. YOU ARE NOT BROKEN. YOU ARE NOT A LUNATIC. YOU ARE NOT WEAK. What you are is a valuable, precious human being whose sickness happens to be invisible to everyone else. And like cancer or any other illness, it needs to be treated. It does not say anything about your value as a person. :) So don’t be afraid of seeking psychological help. It really works, and it’s not as scary as it seems.
Oh and one more thing:
IF YOU ARE FEELING DEPRESSED, SUICIDAL, ANXIOUS, OR ARE DEALING WITH SOMETHING EMOTIONALLY YOU CAN’T DEAL WITH ALONE, PLEASE SEE SOMEONE. I don’t want to lose any of you; none of us in this family do. Even Jack. :) So please, stay safe, stay strong, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
I love you all <3