Thursday 18 January 2018

The mental health stigma has faded, but quacks are thriving

Therapy is no longer a dirty word, but the lack of regulation means we still don't know where to turn

If you went by recent celebrity interviews and the amount of awareness campaigns out there, you would think Irish people are still in chronic denial about how messed up they really are. But the reality on the ground feels somewhat different.
If you went by recent celebrity interviews and the amount of awareness campaigns out there, you would think Irish people are still in chronic denial about how messed up they really are. But the reality on the ground feels somewhat different.
Donal Lynch

Donal Lynch

Is there still really such a terrible stigma around getting therapy? If you went by recent celebrity interviews and the amount of awareness campaigns out there, you would think Irish people are still in chronic denial about how messed up they really are. But the reality on the ground feels somewhat different.

You have a whole generation of 30- and40-somethings who aren't shy about looking for help. They come from a confessional culture and they already speak the language of therapy. They've been into mindfulness for years (even though they've never quite got the hang of it). They are quite ready to blame their parents. They know full well when their black dog needs curbing.

Most of my friends are quite open about the fact that they're just hanging on by their fingernails and we'll casually pass on therapist tips to each other the way previous generations might have recommended a builder.

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