I feel like I haven’t talked about mental health in a while. Well, I talk about it in real life all the time. I just mean I haven’t posted about it much. So today, I wanted to take some time to talk about why mental health is important. At least to me.
Mental And Physical Health Are Interconnected
This is something I can talk about from my own experiences. Mental health and physical health are very much connected. Physical health can affect your mental wellbeing and vice versa. However, we tend to very much focus on our physical health without realising that the root of someone of our physical health issues can be due to mental health problems left unaddressed.
It’s vital to take care of our mental health the same way we do with our physical health if we want to be healthy overall.
Suicide Is One Of The Biggest Killers
Suicide is one of the main reasons why mental health is important. Suicide rates have increased a lot since 2000 and particularly in the youth. However, suicide is preventable and can be prevented. By giving more importance to mental health not just as individuals but as a society we can literally save lives. Although we have a lot more resources and information readily available we still have a long way to go. Especially with decreasing the stigma around mental health and seeking help for it.
Mental Health Problems Are Largely Treatable And Manageable
Most mental problems or disorders/illnesses are treatable these days. And even if they aren’t always curable they are mostly manageable. Psychology has come a long way these last few decades. However, many peoples mindsets haven’t evolved as much. And seeking help for psychological issues is still difficult due to stigma as well as not enough resources being available compared to physical healthcare. That’s why we need to understand the importance of mental wellness and health and teach everyone around us that too.
These are the main reasons why mental health is important in my opinion. Before, I end this post I want to encourage anyone who may be struggling to seek professional help. I know it can be scary but mental health professionals are trained to correctly asses the problem and help you. And if you are unable to talk to a professional in person there are online sites with professionals that can help. If professionals are not available where you are do try online resources. I know that unfortunately professional mental health services are not available to everyone around the world and in some places cost too much for everyone to afford.
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