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what caused you to get into mental health?

how did you get into mental health and why do you care about it so much? what was something that made you want to get into talking about things like this?

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Somi’s Answer

Mental health is important because it affects your quality of life. It is essential for leading a happy life. I have seen there is a stigma about mental health issues. People don't want to share or talk about it although the problems could be addressed. As a Ph.D. Nursing Candidate in Nursing Science, I believe it is my responsibility to help people in need.
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Debbie Yoro’s Answer

It was curiosity at first that made me interested in mental health. Also, wanted to help others be good to themselves and recovering from past experiences.

Being a mental health provider also has some flexibility as to where to work, who to work with, and how much you want to work. It's easy to scale up or down in the mental health field depending on necessity and work/life balance.

Being a person of color, it was not common for me to see other people of color talk about their own mental health. I hope to help others become more comfortable talking about mental health issues so that employers, partners, parents, professors, doctors etc. can have more capacity to help someone who is struggling or to prevent further distress.

Debbie Yoro recommends the following next steps:

What is motivating you to think about the mental health field?
Who do you want to help or what problems would you be interested in solving?
Career paths often change or morph into other paths that may not be predicted by anyone. Be flexible as you grow in your awareness and interests. Follow your interest and continue to be curious.
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Leslie’s Answer

When faced with mental health issues of my own, diagnosed with Bipolar and hospitalized I decided to continue my legal education and found that structure for my thoughts was better than being left to my own devices in life. Continuing my education has been a big part of my story, I graduated with a Masters in Law and got a job as a paralegal and came full circle and believe that others like me can too! I’m a Top 100 Personal Development Blogger online and write quotes and share on my blog for others who are interested in battling their issues too.

It’s important to seek treatment I’ve found that a combination of meds & therapy is essential to getting back to living a normal life as best you can. Not to mention living sober!
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Noah’s Answer

It was a constellation of my own mental health struggles, my values of wanting to help people in the highest ROI way possible and seeing people I look up to in the mental health field. I've also always been a highly analytical problem solver kinda guy. I like taking that approach into analyzing other people's minds and problems. I've struggled with BPD, depression, anxiety, functionality issues, etc. and I know how horrible all of that can get. Because i've had those experiences firsthand, I want even more to help people who are in the same boat.

Another thing that really lit my spark for mental health was an organization called Healthy Gamer. I highly suggest you check them out.
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