OP ED: THE ISSUE WITH CROWD-SOURCED HEALING
I LOVE when people take the time to analyze what they see on the internet - especially if it's on an issue that by its very nature requires critical thought. Body politics should be examined often and closely. Here's #repost from @Sassy_Latte on the importance of distinguishing self-help from mental health care. Keep reading:
via Instagram: "I'm always intrigued by the obsession with self help culture. I'm just making up terms now, I know. I've been there, however. I've eaten up one white lady's published memoir after another on how to deal with grief, ending relationships, and establishing identity. I've got piles of books on "healthy lifestyle" changes, parenting, and how to be a goal-setting success story.
Something I've been seeing more and more on social media is this self help culture that's developing. It includes your motivational pages, fitness gurus with their get-healthy-plans, and several BoPo accounts."
"As someone with a degree in psychology and experience in providing therapy and creating therapeutic treatment plans, this upsets me and bothers me tremendously. I'm particularly perturbed by the accounts within the BoPo community."
"The average account within the body positive community isn't led by someone with the educational background or the supervised therapy hours to be in a position of offering any sort of advice. Many people who struggle with self esteem, eating disorders, and other complications regarding self appreciation have MULTIPLE layers that are compounded within each individual. These symptoms, struggles, experiences are highly individual and extremely complex. More than being insufficient to shush away bad days with the phrase "It's okay not to be okay", it's unethical and dangerous."
"No one, and I mean ZERO HUMANS, should be offering advice regarding mental health via the internet. Assisting someone with their struggles in mental illness needs to be comprehensive and handled by a licensed professional. Telling someone who struggles with generalized anxiety "it's okay not to be okay" is not at all the same as saying those words to someone with suicide ideation, information an individual may not be forthcoming with.
I'm completely in favor of people documenting their personal experiences and progress, but I just want to warn people against seeking advice regarding recovery, fitness, and mental illness from accounts that are not run by licensed professionals. I want a SAFE and long lasting recovery for all 💜"