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It Takes a Village, To Change a Mindset


One of the biggest indicators that one is struggling with depression, not just sadness, but true depression, is the tendency to self-isolate. You might actually be feeling this way. You might be wondering if it even does you any good to spend time with people. I mean people can be judgmental and hypocritical, how can that possibly positively impact your life?

 

Human beings actually thrive on social connection. We need each other to help us understand the realities of our world. There are several studies that indicate that community is important for your mental and emotional health. In this article, we've identified the most important ways your community can positively impact your mental health. Read on to learn more about how you can utilize your community to support your mental health journey.

 

If you've struggled alone, it can become easy to believe that you must heal alone. For some, the thought of recovering amongst others can awaken a number of fears. Am I worthy of seeking new friendships? What happens if I slip back into my old habits? Can I truly build meaningful relationships while I'm on this journey?

 

While these concerns are valid, they are not exclusive.

 

In the fight against mental illness, the addition of others can feel like a burden. However, community plays a crucial role in the improvement of psychological well-being. It's a fact that dates all the way back to our earliest ancestors.

 

Community is in our nature.

 

Early in the stone age, humans lived in small, nomadic groups. We traveled together, hunting and gathering, to ensure each member of a dynamic was nourished.

 

These days, it's easy to see this innate sense of community reflected everywhere. There are countless support groups for expecting mothers, who then graduate to join groups for mothers of busy toddlers, who then go searching for arts programs and sports teams for which to send their children. But, as we grow older, accessible communities are harder to come by. However, the doesn't mean you don't still long for the connection. 

 

Change today is change tomorrow.

 

The support of peers is so impactful that it can stimulate rectification that puts you on the right track for a lifetime of success. 

 

Learning from others, sharing your story, and allowing your community to carry some weight will remind you that you are not alone. A group meeting attended at the beginning of the week or month can be just what you need to continue tackling your journey with confidence.

 

Further, if you do happen to find yourself in a tricky spot, knowing that you have a place where you will soon be able to share those feelings without shame or embarrassment can be what holds you together as you take on each day. 

 

There is strength in numbers.

 

When you make the brave decision to establish a strong network for the sake of your mental health, you become one of many individuals dedicated to promoting understanding and fostering empathy towards those who suffer from the same challenges.

 

It's no secret that, in some cases, the topic of psychological health is deemed taboo. It's imperative that policymakers continue to recognize the importance of engaging in conversations that encourage supportive environments and increase access to life-saving resources.

 

Be an advocate. By showing up for yourself, you show up for others.

 

 

So, are you ready to find your community? Start by coming to one of our group meetings. Visit our website for more details on how you can foster change in yourself and the people around you.

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