Why Mental Health?
Hi everyone it’s Saaketh again with a new blog. This time we will be talking about Mental Health. Hmm..what is Mental Health in the first place? Well one thing that we know is that Mental Health is not Physical Health. Mental Health is like our emotions, our ability to work, to be active. When our Mental Health is positive we can cope or solve our problems. With positive Mental Health we can help friends and family but even more important with Mental Health you can support and help yourself. On the other hand if our Mental Health is negative and dim it will become harder to cope with our life problems. You won’t be able to mentally support yourself let alone help others.
Now that we know what Mental Health is, why don’t we go to the next question. How has Mental Health grown into a problem during the past years? I would say over the past years Mental Health has grown into a problem because of different social medias and digital communications. The communities grew to become a judgemental society. Electronic social media makes dares or challenges and when the individual sees that they don’t have the ability to do those challenges they can become depressed. When you tell your family you are going to the dentist they will be casual or maybe say “Bye, good luck!”. On the other hand if you tell your kin you are going to a physiatrist or a therapist they will be confused, scared, or disappointed that their family is visiting therapists. This is why people are stressed: because they aren’t able to say or explain what they are going through. The big problem is that due to all this stress people can get suicidal thoughts. I recently watched a deep documentary named Social Dilemma on Netflix. This documentary crisply explains the hardships of people that get influenced to do bad things because of social media and in turn get stressed and depressed. It also includes what happens when you become obsessed with social media and push aside your family.
As per thenationalcouncil.org 1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year, with an increase of 1.5 million people over 2020’s dataset. 1 in 20 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year. 1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year. 50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10-34.
So how do we really help these folks? Well if you see someone you are close to, like friends or family most probably it will be easy to spot that they aren’t in the right mood. No matter how close they are to yourself you shouldn’t expect or wait for them to get to you. You should directly talk to them but, at the same time you must remember to be gentle and calm. The reason behind this is because you mustn't wait for help to come to them or for them to reach for help, YOU must be the help.
“No one was born ugly they were just born in a judgmental society”- Kim Namjoon/ BTS RM