The global mental health crisis that keeps on coming

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Our health is the most precious thing we have within ourselves. There is no denying that the way that one treats and responds to their body determines quite a lot about one’s quality of life. Sometimes, challenging cards are dealt and individuals must deal with a card hand that they could not have predicted or turned around, no matter how much they focus in all the right ways on their health. There are multiple aspects of overall health, and each of them are just as important as one another. These equal counterparts come together to weave the intricate balance that is overall health. Physical health gets a lot of ongoing focus – which it should. And for the most part, people have a considerably positive take on the important of emotional health. But when it comes to adequately understanding and treating mental health, it is more than fair to say that it is an aspect of overall health that is still being figured out. Mental health is arguably the backbone of overall health, in that when one struggles mentally, it can feel impossible to do anything – even the seemingly simple things, like getting out of bed in the morning.

So, it is more important than ever to work on activating and maintaining a more positive approach to mental health. This is an ongoing process of trial and error, but it is a process that is necessary. Unfortunately, there is a stigma that has been surrounding mental health since pretty much always. This stigma emerged after people began to associate mental health struggles with behavioural issues, rather than the genuine mental diseases that they are. Even today, in 2019, this stigma persists in the way that people still react and respond to mental health issues. Despite many positive steps being taken in recent history to right the ship, there is still a long way to go before mental health is adequately addressed and responded to across the board. People are generally uncomfortable or unwilling to work towards achieving a more understanding and supportive perspective on mental health. At the end of the day, there is still a lot of work to do – but that work is making great strides in progress, and every little bit absolutely counts. 

There are many forms of treatment for individuals who suffer with mental health struggles. Some look to natural remedies to assist in lessening their anxiety or depression (think of the surge in CBD stocks these days, and how much positive impact they have on not only mental health issues, but other health ailments as well), while others seek out professional medical help in the form of therapy or clinically-trialled prescribed medications. And while there are so many wonderful treatments and support networks out there today, it is important to note and to understand that just because treatments are available, does not mean they are accessible to everyone. Before anything else, it is important to recognise that even realising or wanting to ask for help is a massive leap for many people who suffer with their mental health, and it can take months, even years, for individuals struggling to reach out. 

Mental health has become, over time, a global epidemic. It is harrowing to realise that this is such a common problem all over the world, because at the core of it all, the negative attitude towards mental health struggle is the root cause of the continued disgusting response to it. Quite simply, we must do better. It is well and truly time to do above and beyond to make ourselves better, to hold ourselves accountable, and to open up more positive and supportive embraces to those who struggle with their mental health, so they feel more comfortable and capable asking for assistance and opening up when they need to. At the end of the day, we are all responsible. This is not an issue that is exclusive in set areas of the world, but instead a problem that persists all over the world. The crippling reality is that mental health struggle can and often does impact anyone, anyplace, anytime, anywhere. This is the truth of the matter.

Our understanding of overall health is one that continues to expand and elevate, growing all the time. And while our in-depth understanding of physical and emotional health is at an all-time high, there is still a very deep misunderstanding of mental health. Mental health is just as important as physical health and emotional health – if not more so – and so the work to remove the surrounding stigma is not only important, but absolutely crucial moving forward. As self-harm and suicide rates continue to climb, the call to action is louder than ever to ensure that mental health is no longer overlooked, but given the full attention to detail that it deserves. When lives are literally at risk, no excuse is ever good enough. The time for action was yesteryear, but as the saying goes, ‘better late than never’. Mental health is one of the most important issues in the modern world today. Finally, we are seeing positive action.

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