Friday, January 18, 2013

Kill the Stigma!

Posted at   5:21 AM  |  in   youth


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Many of our youth are not getting help with their mental health needs because of the powerful stigma towards mental health therapy in school organizations. Teenagers' suicide rates, eating disorders, cutting, bully, teen violence, substance abuse, and exclusion of others that are different have increased drastically around the world. We need parents, teachers, media or leaders to encourage our youth to talk about their feelings and give them a safe place to express how they feel. Most try to change our teen’s behaviors without understanding why they have the behaviors in the first place. This approach is not healthy for anyone emotionally or mentally, even for adults or seniors.  Causing anyone to feel less valuable about his or her mental state is not the best approach if we desire change or better outcomes. There should be no form of shame for having mental illnesses, but compassion and positive tools to help those in need to cope and gain recovery.

Hopefully, President Obama for the United State of America  decision to put in action more mental health services in the school organizations and placing an emphasis on prevention, early identification and treatment of mental health conditions help remove this stigma. It is crucial that trained, qualified mental health providers are ready to assist with this directive from President Obama. Plus all people understand the importance of having strong mental health programs in public/private school systems or colleges and how this will impact the students in prevailing ways mentally. It’s going to take everyone to work together to erase the stigma towards mental health, especially if we really want to change and impact our future or world. The mental state of most our youth is not healthy for various reasons, so we need to take action rapidly.

Written by Nancia Leath, MA, LPC, NCC 
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Inward Core, THE FIX is a self-improvement site for all. The owner is Dr. Nancia Leath, MAC LPC NCC CPCS. She is a devoted wife to Boris, caring mom to Gracelyn, Brooke, and Titus, and sweet friend to many. She help others by being a Licensed Professional Mental Health Therapist, National Certified Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor, Author of two books: Feed Your Faith and Crush Your Doubts, Emancipate In Your Chair, Professional and Motivational Speaker, Life Coach and Licensed Minister. She enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, and two dogs. She have a blast when she does trainings, motivating others to thrive, encouraging youth to be strong leaders in their communities (Teen Help Other People 501c3 - TeenHOP - www.teenhop.com), and helping all to live out their God given purposes. She also have fun doing interviews and being special guest on radio or television (just to name a few - HGTV, Steve Harvey, Sweet Retreats/Disney). You may even find one of her informative notes in successful companies' newsletters/magazines. Many use her services in order to experience life changing therapy, coaching services, and superb supervision to new therapists. You will never forget Nancia Leath after meeting her, many claims "she is a true inspiration." Contact Dr. Nancia Leath, MAC LPC NCC CPCS HERE.

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