The Stigma in the Shadows

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.

Everything you need to know about the new GOP Healthcare Bill

Don’t freak out…yet.  The bill has been passed in the House, but not in the Senate.  Thus it is not official nor is it a rule. Continue reading “Everything you need to know about the new GOP Healthcare Bill”

The World Peace Myth

We all have seen or heard it- a beauty pageant contestant is asked what her one true wish is.  A perfectly rehearsed smile spreads across her face as she answers: World Peace.

World peace, though a serene and wonderful concept, is virtually impossible.  World peace requires the action of perfection, which is not something the human race possesses.

There will constantly be political disagreements, violence, corruption, and war.  Though these events are tragic, they help and push us forward.  They inspire change, education, and anomalous victory. The Civil War helped to abolish slavery and also created crucial military equipment that we use to this day.  Granted, no war or act of violence has a joyous effect, but each tragic event has a silver lining.  I truly believe that everything happens for a reason.  Without the tragic death of 18yr old Samantha Koenig, police would have not been able to catch notorious serial killer, Israel Keyes.  Now Key’s will not be able to harm anyone again and there will be justice for his previous victims.

Though world peace may not be attainable, we can strive for a more peaceful world.  We can make this world a little less chaotic if we are willing to discard our stubborn ways and listen to the ways of others.  Communication is key and right now we are lacking open and peaceful communication.  This world is truly beautiful and so are its people.  We may not have the ability to generate a completely peaceful world, but we have the ability to communicate love and change.

Crazy Stupid Love

I know so many people who devote their whole life to finding the “one.”  They search far and wide for an individual who fits their list of needs and wants in a potential mate.  They spend their days swiping through digital dating profiles and their nights mingling at bars filled with strangers.  This quest is all a desperate attempt for the one they can call their future spouse.   Continue reading “Crazy Stupid Love”

The Waiting Period

Recently people have questioned the credibility and integrity of the alleged Donald Trump assault victims.  So far sixteen women have accused Donald Trump of sexual assault.  Their cases span over a period of a decade and range from Trump deliberately walking into a women’s dressing room to him raping a young girl.  Many people claim that because the alleged victims waited for a lengthy period of time and neglected to tell the authorities immediately, their stories are not credible.  A.J. Delgado, one of Trump’s surrogates, told MSNBC reporter Chris Hayes that the allegations are completely untrue.  “These allegations are decades old.  If somebody actually did that, Chris, any reasonable woman would have come forward and said something at the time,” Delgado stated.

Any victim’s accusation is worth listening to, regardless of the situation, suspect, or time.  There will be times when the stories or accusations are proven false.  Despite this, every case is to be fairly approached with two victims in mind: the accused and the accuser. Continue reading “The Waiting Period”

“O” is for Overreaction

“But maybe I’m just overreacting.”  I cannot tell you how many times I have repeated this sentence to myself.  I could have had my whole life savings stolen, filed a police report, and then claimed that I was ‘just overreacting.’ Continue reading ““O” is for Overreaction”