When Talk Has Value

words are just that – words. But there are instances when talk has value. Here’s the lowdown

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Have you ever heard the old saying “deeds, not words”? It simply means that with any given problem, action is required in order to affect a positive outcome for any given problem. Therefore, words are just that – words. But, there are instances when talk has value

Another saying comes to my mind as well: talk is cheap. But is it really? Sure, there are lots of ways that this statement can be true – for example, saying you will fix the car, but it remains broken in the yard. We all know, in this case, that the car won’t fix itself, no matter how many times you say you will get it done.

With that said, can talk be considered action? In some instances, you bet ya. For example, cognitive behavioural therapy is often the gold standard in the treatment of mental disorders. Why? Well, in part, because talking to a therapist works.

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In fact, it’s so popular because it’s been shown to be an effective way to minimize psychiatric symptoms and as a result, it has allowed many people to win their lives back. So, yes, talking can be considered a move towards making something better. That something is you. Making it better for yourself can help all your loved ones too.

Moreover, what is fundamental to talk therapy’s power is another element that can sometimes pose as the biggest obstacle in one’s efforts to get better. This necessary piece of the healing puzzle is courage.

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Courage is such an essential part of an action plan because, without it, nothing else gets done. Inaction due to fear and uncertainty can be a slippery slope, and when one tries to deal with it on their own. it can be lonely and overwhelming,

Of course, one doesn’t need courage if there isn’t something in life to fear for. We all know, when it comes to mental illness, one of the biggest producers of fear is Stigma. We all have fears; it’s natural. However, we would not be here today as a human race if we didn’t move towards conquering them.

On an individual level, we can also follow the ways of our ancestors by allowing ourselves to be vulnerable, by overcoming the misconceptions of those around us and seeking out the help we need. After all, fighting mental illness is all about survival. This is when talk has value.

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The longer we wait, the worse we feel; therefore, it becomes more and more imperative that we open up and talk about the pervasive mental pain we are enduring. Remember, our ancestors took the risk because they were dealing with life or death. I can’t help but feel that this is true of those of us who suffer from mental illness too.

So, we must fight like hell to win the war that we didn’t ask for, that interrupted our lives and landed us in hell. Nonetheless, this has become our reality. Fight on, my friends.

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Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Reginald-Nixon Arenburg (Born January 14, 1976) is a Canadian mental health blogger, speaker, and published author. Retired from the fire service and long-term care fields, he has written and self-published an autobiographical account of his life-long battle with anxiety, depression and more recently, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Titled, The Road To Mental Wellness, he wrote it for what he calls “therapeutic release.” He published it in hopes it would help others going through similar mental health conditions. The sales of The Road To Mental Wellness have been steady selling over 300 copies since its release on October 10, 2021(World Mental Health Day). Arenburg has also been involved in a collaborative publication Called Lemonade Stand Volume III, a book featuring 20 authors who bravely tell their stories of PTSD. All authors where from the military and or emergency services. Published by Joshua Rivedal and Kathleen Myers for the i’Mpossible project, a mental health advocacy organization. Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health podcasts including The Depression Files, A New Dawn, and The Above Ground Podcast Arenburg has also consulted with the Government of Nova Scotia and the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, the Honorable Brian Comer and Candidates for the New Democratic Party of Canada, on improving the mental health care system in Canada. Additionally, Jonathan was recognized in The Nova Scotia Legislature by the Honorable, Chris Palmer, Kings-North MLA, for his Book, The Road To Mental Wellness, his fight to make the mental health care system better. In addition, Chis acknowledged the support he gives to others.

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