September 25, 2013 is the second annual National Psychotherapy Day, a day when therapists, clients, and therapy advocates unite to promote the profession, fight stigma, educate the public, and draw attention to the needs of community mental health centers.
Between 30 and 50% of people experience some type of deep emotional struggle during their lifetimes. 1 in 4 people in the US have a mental illness. The people behind National Psychotherapy Day have a list of sources to back up these numbers, and I will link to that below.
Psychotherapy can be effective and long lasting. You will gain tools for personal growth, make your relationships better, improve decision making and motivation, and discover ways to cope with difficult issues. Therapy is about making your life better.
How can you be a part of National Psychotherapy Day on September 25??
-Wear turquoise on the 25th to show your support.
-If you are in therapy, talk to your therapist about what the experience has been like for you. Include feedback and ask for what you need. A good therapist will welcome discussions like this.
-There is still a great deal of stigma about going to therapy. Talking about therapy is a great way to open dialogues and change this.
-Announce the day on your Facebook, Twitter, or other social media.
-Donate your time to a local mental health organization.
-Write a blog about therapy, and share it with your friends and family.
If you are a therapist watching this video, consider donating an hour a week of your time for pro bono therapy services. Organizations like GiveAnHour.org can use our help our help. You might also start a peer consultation group – therapists need to talk to one another, too, to stay up to date in the field and hone our skills. Consider offering a workshop in your area about psychotherapy and mental health, or doing a little something special for your clients. Note to my own clients – check your email in the next few days for a little something from me. I have the best job in the world, and it’s because of all of you J
There are lots more ideas at nationalpsychotherapyday.com. Everyone can use someone to talk to, sometimes. Please join us in honoring the patients and therapists who work together toward making lives better.
Video of this blog: http://youtu.be/rE0dxGwqGsI
Link to main National Psychotherapy Day webpage: http://www.nationalpsychotherapyday.com