Fortunately quite a few people are making time for this important subject. Raising awareness.
Before you click off thinking; “I’ve heard this before / I know this already” consider the following;
- If you have not suffered from a mental health issue you’re in the minority
2. More people die from mental health influenced factors than anything else
3. There is today more depression in the western hemisphere than ever before and our answer is to medicate using medication that is poorly proven to resolve depression and was only ever meant as a temporary solution, with therapy a rare and restricted ‘luxury’
4. We are cutting back so many mental health resources we now have less than we did in 1970, yes that means we’re going backwards not forward
5. Whilst some mental health issues are better known and understood today than 40 years ago, the terrible truth is … they are judged just as much as they were before people knew more about them and those who suffer from mental illness are often pushed to breaking-point by others who see mental-illnesses as a “choice” even by carelessly chosen words.
Words like – Depression is looking back / anxiety is looking forward / wellness is in the present.
People may say things like ‘snap out of it’ and be well meaning even but imagine saying that to someone who has cancer?
The implied condemnation / judgement / criticism or just put-down in many ‘helpful’ comments furthers the progression of the disease.
Ultimately mental health is seen as a sign of character. If you are mentally ill you have a weak character. If you are not mentally ill you have a strong character. Follow the progression of that.
Strength does not come into whether someone is mentally ill or not, any more than if someone has breast cancer. But like blaming a smoker for their lung cancer, most people see mental illness as something that someone can change ‘if they just tried’ and more of a character flaw, a negativity, a bad attitude, than a crippling, life-reducing disease.
Still think we don’t need to talk about mental illness?