I completely understand. That is definitely a huge issue which needs to be addressed, and unfortunately many governments just don’t value mental health enough to invest the right amount of money in it. Here in the UK where I live, the waiting time for counselling services can be absurdly long. Luckily, though, mental health is starting to be acknowledged as a major issue – in many other countries in Europe, this debate is still lagging behind.

What I would recommend for those who don’t have the financial means is to try to find online resources which are linked to REBT/CBT-type therapies, as well as mindfulness, the latter of which more or less anyone can learn to do and is clinically proven to reduce anxiety. Since most modern-day forms of therapy, at least for things like anxiety, OCD, etc, are rooted in acceptance/mindful-based techniques, learning the basic skills of these can be much more valuable than following “motivation porn”, so to speak. It’s not a substitute to therapy, but it’s a start.

I completely understand the appeal of “motivation porn”, so in no way am I trying to belittle anyone who subscribes to it. The issue though is that the psychology behind it is often quite preliminary, if not jumbled, and can actually end up doing more unintentional damage than good.

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