What is mental health? – Mental health refers to our cognitive, behavioural, and emotional well being. It’s about how we think, feel and behave.
Mental health is frequently seen as something an individual can control and if you can’t, you are simply labelled crazy. In this article, I will tell of personal experiences I’ve seen or been through and describe the never-ending double standards behind them.
Believe it or not, mental health disorders are a problem that affects millions of people every single day. Even though this is a given fact still so many people dismiss how problematic it is. The seriousness surrounding mental health is always a questionable topic for me, as I believe sometimes many people are more concerned about the positiveness that comes with promoting it instead of the trauma it creates.
Oh, trust me there’s no problem in advocating for mental health at all but, all I say is practice what you preach. Promoting mental health is one thing but, making sure you don’t turn a blind eye to one of your close family members or friends is another.
In this generation, many young people have been introduced to social media as young as 10. It’s funny because at the tender age of 11-12 social media wasn’t a “thing”. Yeah, I mean we had Facebook if you want to count that. Nevertheless, we weren’t hooked to our phones like robots. I was more interested in snakes and ladders on my small Nokia phone. However, in today’s world, I feel like I’ve seen the good and bad side to social media and I’m sure we all have.
Take Instagram Influencers or celebrities as an example. What are they actually influencing? I just see many of them promoting products that can add to young women’s mental health. I’ve seen many promote flat tummy tea and in the same breath, they’ll still preach about mental health. Even though they are adding to it. Take a moment and think, a tea that gives you a flat tummy? Total nonsense, right? But so many young girls will look at that and believe it. They’ll purchase the product which is probably costing them more than required and use it to see that it doesn’t give you a flat tummy at all.
I use this as an example because as a young girl, you are still growing, still experiencing and getting to know you and your body. Influencers that willingly take on a product to promote just for the sake of money is the disgusting result of young girls having body image issues, and sadly may be the end result in them having mental health disorders.
Have you ever felt so down that you decided to turn to a friend? Or even a family member?
A while ago I specifically remember having to explain my sudden disappearance to a guy I was speaking to. I simply said “I have been going through a lot” and I was. As many of you might not know, I do have times of deep sadness that I can’t get out of as quickly as I wish. This means I may go M.I.A for a while without giving people the “notice” they want. Yes, maybe I should have told him, right? However, in response quoted he said “Are u gonna fix up and start communicating or not”
At this point, it was like a bulb went off in my head. This has happened to me countless times where I’ve expressed my feels to someone and they think it’s a “communication issue”. I said to myself repeatedly “this is why people can’t express how they are feeling” it’s taken as a pinch of salt. People that don’t suffer from mental health or people that just don’t understand it, can’t seem to see the deeper issue.
At this moment, forget it was me he was talking to. Say it was one of his close friends and they said the exact same thing I said. The response may be different or might not be and that’s what bothers me. As a human being, you shouldn’t feel you have to pick and choose who is in need of comfort. Granted I may be nothing to you but what does that matter when I bleed the same way you bleed and I get the same emotions you do.
It is important for young people and older to be educated on mental health. In the long run, I hope they will teach them through schooling and onwards. Speaking about two very different topics has helped me release some of my frustrations when it comes to mental health. Having a better understanding of mental health will help you, help other people in times of need and I hope you can find the help you need to, through talking about your problems to someone you can rely and count on.
If you are reading this article and ever need someone to talk to don’t hesitate to message me.
Always remember your mental health is never overlooked. Well around here it isn’t, PERIODTT.
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