Mental Health Needs to Go Mainstream

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Are you a little anxious, stressed out, or a bit depressed? It’s okay, many of us are. Even the most positive people feel down at times. I get it … I’ve been there. Actually, we’ve ALL been there. Our mental health has been challenged in 2020 and for many, it’s carrying over to 2021.

Yet, the term “mental health” still has a negative stigma and is still such a “taboo topic” among many social circles. Today’s social media “look at my perfect life” pics and posts only add fuel to the fire.
I just don’t understand it.

To many people, admitting you have stress, anxiety, and depression is perceived as an admission you’ve let life beat you. You’ve failed and you’re apparently the big loser and in this case, a participation trophy is unwanted.

SCARY STAT – According to a CDC reportOVER 40% of people surveyed have said they developed stress, anxiety, and depression as a result of COVID 19.

You’re not alone if you’re one of the 40.

The pandemic has brought with it so many layers of isolation:

  • Lockdown
  • Quarantine
  • Masks

It’s a rollercoaster ride that everyone wanted to get off of but couldn’t. That ride is still going as we try and recover.

Unless we’re all made comfortable to admit we’re doing the best we can, yet need help, the 40% is going to increase. That’s just the beginning. The next statistic that needs our attention and garners concern is the potential increase in suicide rates during a health-related crisis as referenced in this article

Mental Health Needs to Be a Pop Culture Topic

One of the most effective ways to change the negative stigma of mental health is to get high-profile individuals like celebrities to start talking about it and making it a “pop culture” topic.

Celebrities can make it “cool” for people to acknowledge they’re not mentally OK, that it’s “acceptable” to be vulnerable and to seek help.

We’ve recently seen some celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Ashton Kutcher, and Gwyneth Paltrow who are doing just that…speaking out (and making investments) about self-care, healthcare, and mental care, all while shedding light on these topics to the public.

  •  Jennifer Lopez (aka J-Lo) and former baseball star Alex Rodriguz (aka A-Rod), have teamed up with erectile dysfunction provider Hims & Hers to bring attention to self-care and healthcare, and to create opportunities for consumers to connect with physicians.
  • Ashton Kutcher, Calvin Klein model turned actor (That 70s’ ShowTwo and a Half Men, and other shows) turned producer (MTV’s Punk’dBeauty and the Geekand others) turned venture capitalist (Skype, Airbnb, and others), has jumped on the healthcare tech train by recently investing in start-up Forward, which uses technologies to help with personalized preventive care.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, who I remember as one of the first celebrities to be very vocal about a nutritional and wellness lifestyle, is the founder of Goop, and was recently tied to an investment in Real, which is a therapy start-up.

A big congratulations to Fox News Channel’s The Five host, Dagen McDowell. Her primary job is to cover the news, but she made the news when she publicly admitted she suffers from depression and is being treated. She publicly encouraged others to do the same using telemedicine services.

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Fox News Channel’s The Five Host Dagen McDowell shares how Telemedicine has helped with her mental health and depression.

Greenfield Groves is Bringing Mental Health to Main Street

Celebrities, athletes, and other high-profile individuals are paving the way and letting us all know that it’s OK to talk about our mental health ailments.

The company I founded, Greenfield Groves, is doing our part to help:

  • Offering rich, educational, and distinctive content we have created on our lifestyle platform, Luxuries of Life
  • Offering telehealth services, including on-demand therapy sessions, anytime, anywhere on our mental health platform, It Matters.
  • Offering proprietary botanical formulations in science-backed consumer products on our health and wellness platform, Herban Goods.

We have built a direct-to-consumer company to help serve the millions of Americans who will come to grips with their mental health needs. We will be here to help and support them… every step of the way.

What does this all have to do with YOU and mean for YOU?

We’ve recently been approved by the SEC to allow us to take in new investors, and are thrilled to open up our Mini IPO investment round to our everyday investors.

Instead of only taking investments from select venture capitalist firms, our goal was to open up to everyone and allow for everyday individuals, like YOU, to join us. After all, our business is based on helping as many people as we can, so it makes sense to share the opportunity to invest in our company with as many people as we can!

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Authored By: Lindsay Giguiere

Lindsay is an entrepreneur, influencer, and advocate with a passion to help women and their loved one’s thrive beautifully.