Spill The Tea in Therapy: A Movement
A movement to break the stigma surrounding mental health.
What does it mean to “spill the tea in therapy”?
When the kids these days say “spill the tea,” they’re basically saying “tell me the drama.” Kind of like “spill the beans” of 80’s and 90’s fame.
For our purposes, it’s a call-to-action. Using the phrase “spill the tea in therapy” encourages listeners to talk about the tough stuff with trusted professionals.
Why is it important to break the stigma surrounding mental health?
I hope you’re ready for some harrowing statistics.
- 1 in 5 Americans suffer from a mental health condition. That’s 66 MILLION people.
- Mental health conditions are the LEADING cause of disability in the United States
- It takes an average of 8-10 years for someone to get help for their condition.
Wait, what?! Yes. 66 million people are all going through the same thing together, and yet they suffer in silence for a decade before getting help. Why, if it’s so common, does it take people so long to get help?
That’s stigma. Stigma is when people view a person in a negative way because of a particular label, like “mentally ill,” “depressed,” “anxious,” etc. On top of the actual condition, people’s judgments bring added feelings of shame or disgrace, leading to secrecy, which brings isolation, loneliness, and hopelessness.
Here are some of the ways you might see stigma come up in everyday life:
- 25% of people surveyed in a 2006 Australian study said depression was a sign of personal weakness
- 33% of people don’t want to make friends with someone who has a mental illness
- 38% of people don’t want to move next door to someone with mental illness
- 68% of people don’t want someone with mental illness to marry into their families.
I want you to think again about that 66 million– how many people that REALLY is. You could fill New York City eight times. Fill Madison Square Garden over 3,000 times. A typical NFL stadium almost 1,000 times.
Then please, try to tell me all those people can’t be good neighbors, friends, family or lovers.
How does Spill The Tea in Therapy help break the stigma?
When you purchase a Spill The Tea tote bag for $20 from our store, 25% of your purchase goes to TWLOHA, which helps fund therapy for those in need. That’s the most direct way.
You can also score a free bag by writing a short essay (200-1,000 words) about your experience with mental health. Share a positive experience to encourage others to feel comfortable being open about their struggle. Share a negative experience to inspire us to keep fighting the good fight. Or you can just educate us on your condition, because knowledge is power. Be creative, nonjudgmental, and most importantly, loving toward your potential neighbors, friends, family and lovers. Email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured on the blog, and for your free bag.
However you score your bag, the next important step is to share the love on social media. Please share a photo of you with your bag on Instagram, and tag @nicolelocorrieremft and hashtag #spilltheteaintherapy .