Mental Health! Boo! Did I scare you? No, then why do we seem to run away from the term? Why can’t we admit that ts ok not to be ok?
According to the World Health Report, mental health currently affects around 450 million people. While treatments are available, nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental disorder never seek help. The mental health issues surrounding today’s youth have risen to an all-time high. According to the Teen Mental Health Website, “1 in 5 young people suffer from a mental illness, that’s 20 percent of our population but yet only about 4 percent of the total health care budget is spent on our mental health.” Not only that, but the United States experiences an average of 121 suicides per day.
Mental health effects everyone! We shell out thousands of dollars on our physical appearance, yet pay no mind to our inner appearance.
We pay monthly gym fees to stay thin or muscular. Ad agencies pay thousands upon thousands for beauty that is displayed on bus stops and tv screens. Special doctors are paid top dollar to adjust our body’s in order to fit society’s strict standards. We are so caught up on physical perfection, that we forget to realize that we are imperfect and sometimes broken beings.
While the topic of physical health and beauty remains prevalent, mental health stays hidden. Why can’t we pull mental health out of the shadows and out in the open?
Some believe that mental health and the disorders surronding it are not real. Others are too afraid of their own issues to acknowledge it. And some aren’t aware of its existence at all.
This stigma that mental health is to remain silenced is mental! Mental health is very real. In order to spread more awareness we need to educate, broadcast, and empower.
Schools need to discuss mental health more thoroughly in health class. Instead of merely reading a definition, we need to have an open discussion on what to do and how to help. We need to offer help and compensation in the workplace. And most importantly be honest.
We can help prevent confusion, crimes, and even death if we speak up for mental health. If we continue to regret mental health and all of its integrity, we reject others and, in turn, we reject ourselves.