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Survivors and Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health Awareness Month

After wrapping up Mental Health Awareness Month in May, we want to continue shining a light on the intersection between mental health and the experiences of sexual violence survivors. For many, the trauma of sexual violence doesn’t end with the event; it reverberates through every aspect of their mental and emotional well-being.


Survivors of sexual violence often face a myriad of mental health challenges, including PTSD, depression, anxiety, and a sense of isolation. These struggles can be exacerbated by society's ideas and attitudes about both mental health and sexual violence, making it even harder for survivors to seek help.


be kind to you mind

Consider the story of Michelle, who experienced unsettling mental health symptoms after her assault. Fearing she would never feel "normal" again, she was relieved when she finally sought help and received a diagnosis. Michelle now shares her journey to healing as a beacon of hope, encouraging other survivors to reach out and get the support they need.


Raising awareness is key to breaking the stigma. Understanding that mental health issues are a common, natural response to trauma can empower survivors to seek the support they need. It's vital for friends, family, and the community to offer non-judgmental support and create safe spaces for survivors to share their experiences.


its ok to ask for help

During Mental Health Awareness Month and every month, let's continue to break the silence and stigma. Educate yourself and others about the intersection of mental health and sexual violence. Share resources such as hotlines, support groups, and even this blog! By doing so, we can create a community where survivors feel seen, heard, and supported.


Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. If you or someone you know is struggling, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. Together, we can foster a culture of empathy and understanding, paving the way for healing and recovery.

 

If you or someone you know is struggling, The Turning Point's sexual assault hotline is available 24 hours / 7 days a week at 1-800-886-7273. You can also call this number during business hours to learn more about our counseling services and schedule an intake appointment.



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