Receiving or providing mental health treatment requires significant amounts of tolerance and acceptance on every side of the equation (and it’s an equation with many sides).

When seeking treatment, we can often trip over our judgments and let our short-term likes and dislikes become massive barriers to what’s going to make us happy in the long-term and get us to where we actually want to go in life.

Likewise, when we’re helping others, it can be very difficult to see beyond our own experience with receiving help and maintaining health. The solution seems so obvious to us! Why don’t they just act on it?! The water is shallow—stand up!

Unless everybody involved in a mental health challenge approach it with acceptance and tolerance, recognizing that they each hold pieces of the problem and pieces of the solution, the result is usually that somebody drowns.

– Mark

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