As I wrote from the outset, maybe you don’t need a mental health community. That’s up to you to decide. You could be completely fine on your own. Maybe you only need a community at certain times in your life.
But if you’re curious about if you should seek out a mental health community, here are some questions to ask yourself:
Do I feel better in groups?
Do I need groups only some of the time?
Is there something I can get from a group that I can’t create for myself?
What kinds of groups make me happiest?
What kind of group venue is best for me?
Are my mental, emotional, and social needs being met?
Answer enough of those questions, and you should be able to tell pretty quickly if there any gaps in your mental health. And you should be able to tell if a mental health community can help you fill in those gaps.
Mental health communities come in all forms. The point is not what they look like–but how they make you feel. Once you remove any preconceived notions about what a mental health community needs to look like, you can get to the heart of the matter.
Even unsightly containers can do what they’re supposed to do.
I hope you’re doing well. What’s your favorite kind of community? I’d love to hear from you.