Hi Clinton. To expand on what I said there, it’s important to understand how most people in the U.S. view mental health and the stigmas surrounding it. Athletes have made calloused statement like, “Depression isn’t real,” and family members and friends can often shame people into behavioral modification when they’re struggling as opposed to helping them get better. Thus, when people walk into counseling offices, or talk about their mental health, the association is that something in your life is going horribly wrong or you’re just a weak minded person who can’t cope with life. Because shame is often associated with seeking mental health because of the way we treat it, more people are less apt to chase after it or talk about it because they’re viewed as weak, instead of strong.

Hope that clarifies a little more!

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