It's Ok Not to be OK
Posted February 21, 2023 | 2:01 PM

Struggling with Mental Health? It's OK to Not be OK

Help is available 24/7, all year long

Feeling sluggish? Disinterested? Or anxious during your day-to-day routine? These symptoms aren't a sign of weakness, but they can become more severe. Dr. Carlos Garcia, clinical psychologist and owner of Tampa Counseling and Wellness, works to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health by encouraging entrepreneurs, employees, and people of all ages to put their mental health first. That starts with recognizing feelings and getting support.


Some signs a friend or loved one may be struggling include:

  • Not wanting to get out of bed
  • Feeling hopeless about the future
  • Lacking any sense of happiness or joy
  • Disconnecting from loved ones, friends, or colleagues
  • Irritability or anger

If you're still feeling stress, anxious, or depressed, call for help. There are resources available throughout the Tampa Bay area to help with mental health:

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support to people in distress, and prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.

The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay has offered services to the Tampa Bay community for more than 50 years to ensure no one faces a crisis alone.

People who are struggling with a variety of crisis situations, including sexual assault or abuse, domestic violence, financial distress, substance abuse, medical emergencies, suicidal thoughts, and other problems can connect with the Crisis Center and start down the path to help.

Tampa Bay Thrives is a local nonprofit that helps people better address mental health and substance abuse issues by focusing on improved navigation resources to help people find appropriate care, access to behavioral health counseling, and remove the stigma of seeking treatment for mental health related issues.

Hillsborough County Mindful Mondays

Mindful Mondays promotes different ways you can make your mental health a priority, despite having a busy schedule. From chair yoga virtual classes to tips on how to decompress after a long day, Hillsborough County's Mindful Mondays has various interactive resources for you to access no matter what day or time it is. New content updated on a continuing basis.


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