Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

Personal Experiences: Mental Illness & the Mental Health System

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to remind you of Mental Health Awareness Week (October 6-12th) that kicked off yesterday, Sunday morning. The past day has been geared toward reducing stigma of mental illness. But a lot of people are questioning the helpfulness of fighting against stigma. Some people have argued that advocating against stigma causes more stigma in and of itself. Other’s believe that severe mental illness is being undermined by the fight against stigma because anti-stigma campaigns actually pull our attention away from those individuals who are severely suffering or untreated. It’s something that we haven’t thought about too clearly and an issue that deserves more attention. J Rock Johnson, a NAMI supporter and contributor, explains more about this in the following article: Mental Illness Awareness Week Diverts Attention From Serious Mental Illness.

We rarely have a balanced view of mental illness, mental health treatment, or the system itself. It’s always black or white, yes or no, one dimensional. The topic of mental illness rarely includes balanced arguments among like-minds.  Most people walk away  from the discussion feeling persecuted, undermined, politically influenced, controlled, or completely ignored. The groups most likely to be ignored in discussions involving mental health are parents, families, caregivers, and ethnic minorities. Research shows that these individuals rarely have a place in the field of psychology or the mental health system.

For this reason and many more, I have reached out to a few families who have bravely shared their stories with me during an interview. You can visit my site Caregivers, Family, & Friends to read all of the stories that will be posted each day this week. The purpose of the articles is not so much to reduce stigma and raise awareness, but to provide a common ground.

Come join me!

As always, I wish you well

*CORONA VIRUS UPDATE1050 Lincoln Way, Ste 1 - Pittsburgh PA

States across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

To keep everyone at Anchored Child & Family Counseling safe, I will only be opening the office for in-person sessions 1 day of the week. The other days of the week will consist of teletherapy sessions until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated and corona virus cases have gone down.

My office assistant and I will be monitoring insurance policies for any changes to corona-related cost share, copayment, and coinsurance policies. I will be checking and rechecking insurance policies to ensure you will be covered for teletherapy. At this time, all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy into September 2020.

Please check (the practice website) for updates and my business facebook page at:

Please continue to stay safe!
Thank you



Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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