When I first heard the name “Rise Counseling & Diagnostics” my mind immediately went to a song, “Rise Up” by Andra Day. For some reason, my mental health journey has always been directly connected to music.
For musicians that struggle with mental health, you can hear that battle within the lyrics and tone of their songs. “Rise Up” originally came out in 2015. Recently in a world of anxiety, stress, uncertainty, loss and overall sadness, it has resurfaced as a message of hope. The ballad begins with, “You're broken down and tired of living life on a merry go round, and you can't find the fighter.” In the deepest, darkest, space of my anxiety and depression, this is precisely how I felt. It’s how many of us feel. Struggling with your Mental Health is hard work! It’s a battle that can be too strenuous to fight on your own. Give yourself some credit for getting through each day, but also know you don’t ever have to do it alone. Seeking help and therapy for the things you battle could be the exact thing you need. It was for me. Whether it’s depression, anxiety, divorce, gender identity, grief, stress, trauma, learning disabilities, etc. having a place to go that offers an assortment of therapy options is vital in today’s world.
Looking back, I never gave myself the time or space needed to understand why I was feeling so anxious and broken. For some reason, I thought I could face it head on. Talking with someone felt selfish, and out of my comfort zone.
Pursuing therapy means we’re human and we want change. We are taking steps towards breaking a cycle and becoming stronger. I went almost a year in silence, feeling all alone, trying to figure it all out, while simultaneously trying to be there for others. “We'll rise up and we'll do it a thousand times again,” Andra chants. You are not alone in your journey! Having someone to talk to, someone to rise with you, that is where you will find the courage you need to turn the darkness to light. No matter the circumstance, Rise offers a variety of ways to help you prioritize your mental health. Seeking professional help terrified me in a thousand different ways. Yet, as it turns out, that was the first step in my rise.
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Written by local blogger, Cade Bethea.