Mental Health Awareness month
As Mental Health Awareness month draws to a close there are some things to reflect on and think about going forward, this month is gathering more attention and momentum however there are still many more questions that need to be asked.
Mental health is an important part of our overall well being. It’s a subject that deserves focused attention. There is some confusion about what mental health is? For instance when we talk about mental health it is perceived as mental health and mental illness is the same thing. Mental illness is a condition where our thinking, mode and behaviours severely and negatively affect our lives. Mental health is seen as a road block that stops us progressing with life, it can turn into a positive however, you can overcome mental health problems and develop a stronger more resilient you that can help others. Although similar, one can create a stigma for the other. Illness's can be cured and Health can be restored, stronger than one was before the affects of mental illnesses on our mental health.
Physical illnesses are tangible. Depression, Anxiety or Stresses Disorders are hard for someone to understand because it’s not tangible. Sometimes people seem it difficult to accept and summoned out someone to help them in their weak times. Most of the time people around you, notice the change you are unaware of, whether it’s facial expressions, seems sadder or not yourself.
Anyone, who suffers mental illness, their cognition, attitude and behavior, could be affected. But mental illness is curable and patients can be raise again as survivor for a new start of life journey.
Stigma Surrounding and Mental Illness
Stigma surroundings major mental illness causes a lot of blockades. A person, who experiences any mental illness, suffers discrimination at many stages of life, even renting a home, searching a job, or living in a community. Experts suggest that anyone who experience mental illness deserves your more attention in a positive way and support.
Psychologists have categorised the mental health related stigma in the following three:
1. Public Stigma
Public stigma usually refers to the attitudes and believes of the general public towards persons with mental health challenges or their family members. For instance, people may assume that person with psychiatric conditions are violent and dangerous.
2. Institutional Stigma
Institutional stigma refers to an organization’s culture of negative attitudes and beliefs that have an effect on. The way mental health is approached in the institutional places, those with mental health challenges as inferior to those who have a physical illness or declining to promote mental health initiatives.
3. Self Stigma
Self stigma takes place when someone started to thinking in a same way about his/her self the way other talk about his/her mental conditions. All the negativity, anger, hopelessness, anguish becomes a hurdle for their own self.
Awareness and Importance of Mental Health
They say, there is no health without mental health. All we need to know is that mental illness is not a thing to ignore or to be scared of. It is curable dieses. A community where people are mentally healthy creates the environment of safeness and connectivity with each other’s despite of differences on the basics of gender, age, race, creed, religion or languages.
Sometimes it feels that no one in the world has those thoughts or feelings like you have. You might think something is wrong with you. Or you might think what other people think about. All of that makes your thoughts worse. The truth is that everyone has thoughts or feelings that can be hard to deal with. So why do we make it difficult on ourselves by judging others who could be going through the same challenges we are? What if we put aside our fears of mental health and started to talk about it in a constructive way? What if, as a society, we used empowering words and healthy images to help people feel supported? May be then more of us could feel comfortable telling others when we are having a hard time.
A few suggestions may work in some situations:
- Always accept challenges to tackle the situations.
- Create a purpose for your life by learning and practicing new things.
- Set realistic goals to achieve them in a progressive way.
- Keep your relationships healthy that might works as a lifeline for you.
- Accept yourself and your weaknesses in order to understand others as well.
- Be supportive to understand others as they are and help them to improve themselves.
May be then more people would get the help they need. Maybe one day we won’t have to talk separately about mental health and physical health, but just health. The truth is that each of us has the power to change our culture by changing one’s own window to look at the view.