By Journey Artis
Hey all, welcome back to another session of our A Journey With Journey series, where we talk about all things that have to do with teens and their mental health. Our topic for this month will be in regards to the importance of going to therapy as a teen, therapy resources and organizations that anyone can use to help them balance their mental health, and overall all things that have to do with teens receiving the help they need! Without further ado let’s take a look at why going to therapy is important as a teen as well as a few resources accessible to anyone!
*Disclaimer: This month’s topic is one that covers therapy in a general fashion. If you are interested in going to therapy for support of any kind make sure to do your research for your unique needs and wants and make sure to work with a parent or trusted adult when seeking out services!*
Let’s first start by recognizing that there is a lot of stigma around going to therapy and what that really means. It is ok if you have heard or believed some of the stigma and falsehood around going to therapy as a teen, or simply in general. Before we address anything else in this session, let’s first try to challenge those negative thoughts surrounding therapy. Going to therapy does not mean that anything is wrong with you, nor does it mean that you have some extreme case of mental illness. Oftentimes going to therapy just means that you need certain tools in order to face and balance your day to day life, and need someone to guide you through that process. And that is perfectly, ok and normal! You would be surprised by how many of those around you go to therapy (or at least need to!). Ok all jokes aside check out this quote from Wellness Road Psychology that states, “Attending counseling sessions can help improve teen's self-confidence, overall mood, and self-esteem. Through therapy, teens learn and strengthen vital skills such as emotion regulation, effective communication, empathy, assertiveness, and self-awareness.” What this means is that going to therapy can have a significant positive impact on your life. If you are interested in going to therapy or just receiving some extra support there are some resources listed below.
Suicide and Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255; Only use this number if you or someone you know is planning to take their life. Please know that you are never alone, and there is always someone here for you!
AVC’s Timely Care: This allows you to schedule and speak with an AVC therapist. It is also free;so please take advantage if you feel you need it!
Therapy For Black Girls: If you are Black and feel that you need an inclusive place to talk about your struggles and needs this might be the place for you! This service includes podcasts, Q and A sessions with experts, and a community of Black women and girls who are here to support your needs!
National Asian and Pacific Islander Mental Health Association: Provides a list of mental health services and providers for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in all fifty U.S states
Clinicians of Color Directory: Virtual directory of mental health clinicians with diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds
Latinx Therapy:Virtual Directory of mental health providers in the Latinx Community
Resources for Members of the LGBTQ+ Community: Virtual directory of psychiatrists, therapists, text and chat services, and online communities specifically geared toward the LGBTQ+ community
Insurance: Please do note that many insurance plans include access to mental health services and providers; so do take advantage of those, especially if the cost for services is something you or your family could be worried about!
You may be able to get financial assistance to support your mental health journey from the Loveland Foundation!
Alright everyone this concludes our topic for this month’s A Journey With Journey series! Please remember to get whenever you feel like you might need the extra support and definitely note that this does not mean that you are any less because you need that help! Remember you are never alone in your journey and there is always someone available to help!