Mental health… it’s something that we try to avoid in our conversations.
But how can you avoid something if you’re living with it? You can’t. Sure, you might not talk about it, but the fact of the matter is, talking about it is what we need to do.
Jack Harries says it well in his newest video. When it comes to mental health we focus more on the stigma of it than the actual health issue itself. We’ll help anyone who is in physical pain, but if their hurting mentally or emotionally, we run away from them. We make them deal with it on their own. It’s because of this action that people who suffer from these disorders don’t talk to anyone about what they’re going through; they know they’re most likely to be rejected.
“We live in a world where when you break your arm, everyone runs over to sign your cast. But if you tell people you’re depressed, everyone runs the other way.”
See how we’re making the problem worse?
Mental health isn’t easy to deal with, both for the person and the people they associate with (so long as they know about it). As a psychology minor I’ve taken Abnormal Psychology and learned in depth about what these mental health problems entail. While I may not know everything about them, I do know that it really is something that affects people and it’s not easy to “cure” if you can even say that it can be cured.
While I do agree with Jack that medication are something that can help, I don’t believe that medication alone is the answer. In fact, one thing I learned is that in some cases, medications aren’t that effective without the social support behind them. I am a firm believer that someone suffering from a mental disorder needs that social support to help them. Humans are relational creatures after all, it’s one of the main purposes of our creation. We’re meant to have social interactions and form relationships with each other. Even people who are suffering from physical ailments need that social support behind them. Why should those with mental health problems be any different?
So if you are suffering, confide in someone. If you’re not, reach out to someone who is.