Society's Problem with Mental Health
Mental Health is important.
Mental health is important to physical health.
Mental Health is important.
Mental health is good for our livelihoods.
Mental Health is important.
Okay cool, we’ve established that.
~ What about mental health? ~
Our mental health includes our emotional and psychological well-being, and affects how we think, feel, and act. Stress is a large detrimental contribution to mental health, and nowadays, I think we are all pretty stressed out.
~ Why don’t people just look for ways to get better? ~
There are many warning signs and symptoms that point out mental illnesses, although a lot of the time, can just be shaken off as a bad day. There are more than two hundred classified forms of mental illness, including depression, dementia, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders. Mental health can be affected by stress from a situation or a series of events, and mental illnesses can be caused by a reaction to genetics, biochemical imbalances, or environmental stress.
A negative mentality can also significantly impact one’s mental health. Constant negative thinking and negative feelings can lead to chronic stress, which can lead to a disruption in the body’s hormone balance and lowers your levels of happiness, as well as damage the immune system, and overall decrease the life of your lifespan!
However, with proper treatment, people can cope or recover.
~ So why don’t people just go get help? ~
The first problem is society. We stigmatize mental health and treat it as less important than physical health. Our current-day society is starting to recognize mental health as important a little more, but there should be easier access to counseling and mental health resources.
Isn’t it kind of silly that schools teach health and sex-ed but do not cover mental health, which is just as important, if not more?
But why do we stigmatize mental illness? Stigma and discrimination can definitely contribute to and worsen someone’s mental health! But then again, why do we discriminate?
Because society stigmatizes mental health and makes it seem like those with mental illnesses are “different,” treatment and recovery are delayed.
When the public has negative attitudes towards mental illnesses, then the people with mental illness start to turn on themselves, feeling ashamed and embarrassed and wishing they were “normal.” And when those with mental illnesses are affected by the stigma in addition to their illnesses, the loved ones around them who support them are affected as well. In some cases, their cultures and familial values may keep them from seeking help from family members out of avoiding shame and critique. These are already several big factors that affect a person trying to live their life. And when they go and actually seek help, they can come upon institutional stigma, like monetary problems.
~ So what are some ways to avoid having a mental health crisis? ~
Get help, either from family or friends, a professional or a support group
Take time for yourself! And make sure you do so before you burn out.
It’s okay to take a break from life once in a while! Once a week is okay too.
Maybe try and :
Take a nap
Take a bubble bath and focus on skin care
Go be social
Surround yourself with nature
Do something creative
Take care of your to-do list
For some other ways to de-stress and focus on achieving or maintaining a positive mentality, check out my article "The Significance of a Positive Mentality."
Some Hotlines and Support groups:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
General Crisis Text Line
Text SUPPORT to 741-741
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Info Resources and Inquiries Branch: 301-443-3513
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
800-950-NAMI (6264) > M-F 10AM-8PM ET
HelpLine email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
The Trevor Project: (offers support to the LGBTQ+ young adult community)
National Eating Disorder Association Hotline
800-941-2237 > M-T, 9AM-9PM and Friday 9AM-5PM
Dating Abuse and Domestic Violence Hotline
National Domestic Violence Hotline
(focuses on young adult relationships and issues within LGBTQ+ relationships and family approval)
Veterans Association Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans and Service members in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.
800-274-8255 and Press 1
Text to 838255
National Call Center for Homeless Veterans
If you are or know a Veteran who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, you may contact the National VA Call Center for Homeless Veterans. These resources are also available to Veterans’ family members and friends, VA medical centers, VA partners, community agencies, and service providers.
War Vet Call Center
The War Vet Call Center is a confidential call center where combat Veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life.
Real Warriors, a program through the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE), provides information and resources about psychological health, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and traumatic brain injury
Women Veterans Call Center
The Women Veterans Call Center (WVCC) provides VA services and resources to women Veterans, their families, and caregivers. You can also chat online anonymously with a WVCC representative.