Hi everyone! Welcome to InsideChats were we will discuss various mental health topics, we get “get in our feelings” about some topics while other topics will make us uncomfortable because we have been conditioned to not talk about them. Join me on this journey of education, cultural analysis and honest conversations about mental health especially in the Caribbean!
Getting to Know the Author
In a post called “Just Another Island Girl” I introduce myself and give a little back story to my upbringing and current endeavors. Like the title suggests I am a Caribbean Native from the island Saba, it’s like a speck of dust on a map but it’s just one of the many Caribbean islands that face mental health stigma and lack mental health resources. The Caribbean has a diverse culture but a common thread between each culture is that mental health is shunned upon and regarded as “crazy”, this makes offering mental health services even more difficult. Those who generally seek services are people dealing with severe mental illness and even then some people do not seek help because their religion or culture has normalized the behaviors or symptoms and chalk it up to possession.
I am just one of the professionals in the Caribbean trying their best to help those in need. We need to talk about topics that scare us, that sadden us, that make us feeling like our skin is crawling from anxiety because at times it’s what is needed to move on from a past trauma or cope with a mental health concern. Like Pink said “What I love about therapy is that they’ll tell you what your blind spots are. Although that’s uncomfortable and painful, it gives you something to work with.” Growing is hard but staying stagnant is harder.
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I hope you enjoy this journey with me as we delve into some of the darkest areas in mental health but surface with a new found knowledge, appreciation and courage to heal and move forward. Just remember it takes time!
“Being vulnerable is actually a strength and not a weakness — that’s why more and more mental health is such an important thing to talk about. It’s the same as being physically sick. And when you keep all those things inside, when you bottle them up, it makes you ill.” — Cara Delevingne