Mental health is a tough topic to talk about, as whenever it is ever brought up there is often a stigma associated. As a result of this, people have a hard time reaching out and simply asking for help. Whether that is basic learning resources or just time spent talking with someone impartially.
It might surprise you to know that you will likely encounter someone suffering with mental health in your life, and often the problem has a tendency of starting earlier in life. With 1 in 5 individuals suffering from mental health issues, a few caring individuals took notice and are trying to make it easier for others to seek help.
LinkMental Health is a small business that got started right here in Mississauga. The company which seeks to help employers connect their employees with in person therapists and other mental health supports. With it being mental health awareness week, we thought we would highlight this great local business which is looking to help make a difference in other people’s lives.
The business originally started out as a platform dedicated to helping post secondary students, but as the need for employees looking for mental health support became more prevalent. The team decided to open up the platform in order to ensure that Canadian businesses had access to the tools necessary to take care of their employees.
“The idea [for LinkMentalHealth] started when I was in university,” according to co-founder Radwan Al-Nachawati,. “I was going through a really difficult time. Mental health was not something we really spoke about in my community but one of my friends pushed me to go see a counsellor. The first time I went to the counselling centre at my university was the first time I was diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression, and it was actually pretty reliving,” continues Al-Nachawati.
“There was something that could explain what was happening with me. But then right afterwards I was told I had to wait six months before I could get that help. Even when I graduated, I found that finding a therapist was really hard. I reached out to a couple of friends and found out that I wasn’t the only one.”
The other great aspect of this company is the fact that they will provide you with alternative options even if you don’t have coverage for mental health services.
How does it work?
Starting the process towards taking care of your own mental health is made simple. For those seeking support you just need to go on the LinkMentalHealth website and answer a survey. Once that is done you will be matched with a therapist, and from there you can choose a date and time directly on the therapist’s online availability sheet.
It feels a lot like a Tinder system for mental health support, it finds the best therapist for you in your area that specializes in the area of mental health that you require.
Remember that mental health impacts all of us, so it is important to seek help. No matter what seeking help actually looks like, such as meeting with friends and family or using services like LinkMentalHealth to see a therapist.