As you may have heard, a lot of people are very upset with the person the Electoral College elected to be the next President. I made no secret that #ImWithHer, partly because she has a solid mental health policy plan. Mental health is a nonpartisan issue, but in this election, only one candidate was interested.
I could spend the next four years writing about the 2016 Presidential election's effect on mental health— the anxiety and stress it created, the impact repealing the ACA will have on the fragile behavioral health care system, and the uptick in calls to crisis hotlines.
But the roar of politics is loud enough, and I am tired of people whispering about mental health. This election has brought out the worst in people. Its aftermath still has the potential to bring out the best.
At one of the busiest subway stations in New York City, people are writing their feelings and encouraging messages on post-it notes. Although I know that New York City is a bubble, I don't believe it is the only place people are reaching out their arms to comfort one another. People are talking to one another about their anger, fear, and grief. Some are even wearing safety pins to signal to strangers that they want to lend support.
Therapy is everywhere. Let’s keep it that way for awhile.