Today, October 10, is World Mental Health Day. Today, we raise awareness, education and advocacy against social stigma. We need to bring attention to mental illness and how it can affect anyone worldwide. While I do think this is a great start, we should all take part of this in our daily lives and not just for one day.
Why You Should Pay Attention To World Mental Health Day
As someone who studied Psychology (and Sociology) and a future Scientist (Neuropsychologist), I am very much interested in the human brain – it’s so fascinating and there’s so much to learn. It can be argued that the brain is the most complicated and astonishing organs in the human body. Many will argue that physical health is important, but I think mental health is just as important. Both are important to live our day to day lives.
The problem with mental health, is the stigma that comes attached to seeking help or speaking to a mental health professional. People are quick to judge and people will label you as “weak.” But if these mental health issues are treated earlier, it may not result in mental illnesses later on. Mental illness is not like the flu or strep throat that are contagious, mental illness is a combination caused by a combination of genetic, biological, psychological, and environmental factors. Just because someone in your family had/has it, it does not automatically mean you will get it too. There’s no age limit on mental health issues – you can get them at an early age, in your twenties or not until you are much older, and some don’t get it at all. Mental health does not care if you are white or asian or if you are a woman or man or if you are rich or poor. In other words, mental illness does not discriminate.
Seeing a therapist/psychologist etc., can help you tackle these issues, and you should not be afraid to seek help, you are doing what you feel is necessary for your body, your life. Don’t pay attention to what others say. If you have anxiety or depressed, don’t be ashamed to go seek a therapist. You know your body more than anyone else. If you feel like you need to seek professional help, I recommend going to your family doctor (or if you don’t have one, go to a walk in clinic) and they could recommend a professional to you.
Be kind to everyone you meet because you never know what they are going through. My DMs are always open if you want to talk.
Sending my love,