Episode 53 – De-Stigmatizing Mental Health

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Have you experienced mental health being stigmatized? Was it in the media? Movies, perhaps? How can we normalize mental health?

In this episode of The Shrink Think podcast, Nathan and Aaron answer all these questions and more as they share their observations and experiences with the stigma behind mental health.

In This Episode


  • Why is mental health stigmatized?
  • How can we de-stigmatize mental health?
  • Why is this important?

Why is mental health stigmatized?

  • Doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with people because physically, they were okay
  • People were dubbed ‘crazy’ and thrown into an institution
  • People were only helped when things got to an extreme
  • Stigmatization is very age related

How can we de-stigmatize mental health?

  • People are so comfortable with maintaining their mental health, they seem to brag about their experiences with therapy
  • Normalize treatments for mental health
  • Educate yourself and others

Why is this important?

  • It will lead to accurate diagnoses
  • It will lead to greater compassion for those struggling with mental health
  • People will not feel shame to reach out for help

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Meet Nathan & Aaron

Nathan Hawkins and Aaron Potratz are both licensed therapists and clinical supervisors in the state of Oregon. They each own their own private group counseling practices and co-own a third group practice together. Nathan and Aaron have been in the field since 2004 and 2007, respectively, and have over 100,000 hours of therapy experience each. On their show, they discuss facing fears and common challenges from a therapist’s point of view, imparting wisdom and humanity to their viewers. Along the way, they hope to not only share their insights but bring some light-hearted entertainment to make the journey easier.

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