The pandemic has lasted longer than most expected in March 2020. While the world dissolved into fear and uncertainty, some sought to unplug from the heavy onslaught of knowledge by tuning into media streaming services, creating new hobbies, and social media. For me, I turned to social media. Who would think you could find so much positivity on social media. Imagine my surprise when I came across five professional mental health wellness Tiktokers, which I love.
I am going to let you in on a little secret; I love TikTok. Yes, I am a GenXer tiptoeing through the Gen Z Tiktok streets, mostly undetected. Regardless of what you may or may not have heard, TikTok can be extremely entertaining, inspiring, engaging, and educating. Since this is a mental health wellness post, be sure to check out my disclaimer before you continue. Following my advice, I talked to my therapists about these accounts. He gave me the thumbs up and was happy I found uplifting content.
Outside of viral dances and mental health accounts, you can find musicians, ballet dancers, and figure skaters. Not to mention, there are layers of cooks, eateries, and chefs to satisfy almost anyone. Of course, you have mainstream music artists, comedians, and actors galore. Furthermore, you can find people who give the news, talk about science, and a wide range of other topics. All you have to do is search TikTok, and you can find almost anything, that is, if it does not break it is community guidelines (that are enforced in a very random way, to say it nicely)
However, let’s be honest, just like any other social media platform, there is always a level of bickering, harassment, and unsavory behavior. TikTok is also a place where people share their advocacy and ignorance on a wide range of topics. I have seen constructive and honest conversations happening in the comments. Sadly, I have seen unconstructive and conversations devolve into attacks and general ugliness. Therefore just like any other platform, I tend to disengage from certain videos when my tank is low.
When I need a mental boost between therapy sessions, I turn into five mental health wellness Tiktokers, which I have come to love very much. All of them speak authentically and fearlessly, using pop culture and new trends to deliver their message. Just like any proficient therapist, they can make you feel uncomfortable, which is always a tell-tell sign that an internal searching needs to take place. For me being uncomfortable has been a sign that I am on the precipice of change. On the other hand, their delivery is also entertaining, relatable, and honest. As noted below, you can see these professionals bring their insights to TikTok to spread mental health awareness and wellness. Even though you might pick up several good tips, these accounts are by no means a replacement for any type of therapy.
My Favorite Tiktok Mental Health Professionals
@raquelmartinphd, Raquel Martin Ph.D., is a “Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Podcast Host.” She keeps it very real from the preceptive of a woman and a POC in the field. She gives me that solid advice which helps me to evaluate my perspective internally and externally.
@Thecoachingcounselor, Chis Diquone, is a “mental health therapist, high school counselor, and coach.” His platform of a mix of shoe fashion, practical mental health advice, and good ole fun. He is full of humor and honesty. Even though he works mostly with kids, the knowledge he imparts is useful for all ages.
@embodimend, Cris, a “mental health & energy healing therapist,” brings a New York state of mind and East Coast vibe to her account, dishing out mental health realness. She definitely helps guide people to feel comfortable in their own skin.
@drhanren, Han Ren, Ph.D., a Psychologist who helps expose and navigate colonialism in the mental health profession. Her content makes you confront your biases and others to ensure you get the care you need. She points out how medical bias in the mental health industry.
@that.anxious.therapist, Alysia, LPCC, LADC, a self-proclaimed “anxious emo kid turned anxious therapist,” humanizes therapy by showing you can still achieve with a mental health diagnosis. She is very frank and honest about her struggles. Her relaxed demeanor is enduring, which helps the viewers connect.