Instagram has, over the years, become one of our favourite social media platforms. This is not just because it allows us to share photos and videos, but also because it makes us feel like an integral part of a community.
One thing Instagram has contributed to is the beginning of a social movement that is chipping away at the taboo around mental illness. It is now, more than ever before, that we hear people speaking out about mental health issues, how to cope with them, and that it is alright to reach out for help.
There are various accounts on Instagram that portray mental illness very honestly. They share art, stories, and videos to assure people all over the globe that it is possible to heal; that a bad mental health day is normal; and that we can overcome the toughest phases as long as we keep reminding ourselves of our strength.
Here are some such accounts that you must follow to get on the path to healing:
1. The Artidote (@theartidote)
Started by Jovanny Ferreyra, The Artidote community is 1.1 million strong on Instagram. The aim of building a community is clear from the bio that says, “a space where to story-tell, empathize, bond and heal through art.”
True to the bio, Jovanny takes story submissions, enables sharing contacts of good mental health therapists across the world and curates words as well as visual art that is a constant reminder that we can all overcome the tough mental phases.
2. Sheva Rajaee ( @theshrinkwrap)
Known as theshrinkwrap on Instagram, Sheva Rajaee’s own personal story of getting diagnosed with anxiety along with OCD, and not just overcoming it but also becoming a licensed professional, is truly inspiring.
Her account has excellent and useful content when it comes to anxiety and OCD, especially in relationships. Her posts truly speak to everyone who is going through a rather anxious phase in life.
3. Beth Brawley (@life_without_anxiety)
Beth benefitted so much from going to a therapist that it encouraged her to take it up professionally so that she can also help others! She is currently a licensed professional counselor.
With a focus on anxiety, she uses her words and beautifully hand-written notes to keep her followers positive and reminds them daily that they can overcome anything.
4. Vanessa Rapisarda (running_in_triangles)
Motherhood is a beautiful experience but also an overwhelming one. Not many talk about the tough side of it but Vanessa doesn’t shy away from it. She was diagnosed with postpartum depression after her second pregnancy and the symptoms came back again after the third one. She, however, fought through all of it and came out of it smiling.
Many moms, especially new ones, find her content to be extremely relatable and reassuring of their own motherhood abilities as they navigate their way into the world of parenting.
5. Dr. Colleen Reichmann (@drcolleenreichmann)
Colleen is currently a licensed clinical psychologist and specializes in cases of eating disorders. She, too, has battled one and is now combining her professional education along with her personal experience to help people who have a bittersweet relationship with their bodies.
Following her will help you love your own body and if you put her advice to practice, you will find yourself building a healthy relationship with your food as well as yourself.
These accounts can serve as daily reminders that you can overcome anything! For more such content, stay tuned to HealthShots.