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Op-Ed: Breaking the Silence through Kindness and Connection: Supporting Mental Health in the USVI

A post that was shared on Serenity Wellness & Counseling’s Facebook Page.

Mental health refers to our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act, influencing how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices from day to day. Good mental health is essential for a fulfilling and balanced life.

In our everyday lives, many of us are silently fighting battles that others don’t know about. Some of us cry behind closed doors, while others walk around with a big smile, hiding our pain. It’s important to show more kindness, especially in close-knit communities like the USVI, both to ourselves and others. Our silent struggles are valid, and we do not have to face them alone. Remember, you are not alone, and it is okay to ask for help.

Counseling offers numerous benefits, providing a safe space to express your thoughts and feelings without judgment. It can help you develop coping strategies, improve your relationships, and enhance your overall well-being. By working with a counselor, you can gain new perspectives on your challenges, build resilience, and discover effective ways to manage stress and emotions. Counseling can be a transformative experience, fostering personal growth and helping you live a healthier, more balanced life.

There are many mental health resources available to support you. On St. Thomas, consider reaching out to Serenity Wellness & Counseling, Insight Psychological, Ashar Counseling & Psychological Services, Synergy Fitness & Wellness, Mindful Wellness VI, Mind/Body Health & Psychology, Dylan Nieves Therapy and Beautiful Dreamers. On St. Croix, resources include Serenity Wellness & Counseling, Greater Changes, Island Therapy Solutions, and the Lotus Center for Well-Being.

Counseling offers a safe space to talk without judgment, a place to begin your healing journey, learn coping tools, and live a healthier mental health life. Reach out to a professional and take the first step towards improving your well-being. Remember, you are not alone. You are loved. You are worthy. You are enough. You matter.

Nour Z. Suid, PsyD, is a Licensed Professional Counselor who was born and raised in the Virgin Islands. She graduated with her doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Suid is currently working as a mental health counselor at Serenity Wellness & Counseling.


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