“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” – Glenn Close
Whenever we talk about mental health the first thing that strikes our mind is the image of a poor man, a homeless wanderer, or a physically ill person because that is what we know when it comes to mental health.
But mental health is far different from that perspective, far different from the physical appearance, it’s moreover about the state of mind rather than the state of the body. Only a particular section of society doesn’t deal with mental health disorders, there are not any stated criteria for being diagnosed with poor mental health, any gender, any religion, any age can suffer from it.
So basically what mental health stands for then?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”
Elaborating that, just like physical health is a state of the body that helps to assist in all the physical tasks in life similarly mental health is a state of mind that helps to cope up with life challenges, life challenges can be related to physical diseases, financial problems, examination stress or grief of losing someone, etc.
Mental health never stays constant, it’s the ability to fight with life problems that can be either protected by positive factors (such as family support, self-efficiency) or can be harmed by negative factors (such as relationship problems, chronic disease, financial problems).
Mental health VS Mental health disorders
There is a myth that whenever we ask someone about mental health they just address us about mental health disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, or schizophrenia. But there is a nuance between mental health and mental health disorders. Mental health is a stability of mind whereas mental illness can be referred to as the instability of mind. That is either led by positive factors (family support, self-efficiency) or negative factors (relationship problems, chronic illness, financial losses). A person who deals with negative factors under a constant period can suffer from mental health disorders like depression or anxiety.
Some major mental health disorders
Mental Health vs Mental Health Stigma
In our society the thing that has a face comes under consideration like if someone is in a wheelchair then the society realizes that the person is dealing with a problem, if someone is a cancer patient lying on bed then only they feel their pain and value their conditions. But in the case of mental health since the individual’s mental health disorder is intangible therefore people don’t consider their pain to be an issue, they take their condition for granted, and hence for others, it becomes a stigma to bear because no one probably cares about the mental health issues.
The second common stigma is the name that has been labeled to a person whose mental health is not stable. The people who suffer from mental health disorders often fear being tagged as psycho, crazy, they fear being alienated by society because of their diseases. They hesitate to share their mental health issues because of the high complex standards that have been set by society.
The third common stigma is the misconception regarding the treatments for mental health disorders. When we hear a name in public about a mental hospital, the first image creates in our mind itself is the image of a dark place chained with iron and assisted by torture sessions. But this is just a myth which is, unfortunately, being developed by society for real. The treatment and place for people in mental health hospitals are the same as other hospitals. They are not being tortured or chained for their disorders just like shown in movies, their treatments are as normal as other hospitals.
These are the few stigmas that every person bears and fears of and therefore, when they really need to go for the treatment of their poor mental health, they prefer to conceal it because of the fear of being overreacted and judged by society about their mental health issues.
Why Does Mental Health Matter?
Mental health includes our emotional and social wellbeing and it is important because it affects how we think, how we feel, and how we react to life situations. It even affects our daily life productivity and crucial decisions.
One dealing with poor mental health can suffer from lack of concentration, change in mood, lack of interest, etc.
Things That Can Help To Cure Mental Health Disorders
a) 5 small things that can be practiced to cope with mental health disorders
Here are 2+3 things.
1.Try to always be honest
Mental health is a state of mind where things are going on the head rather than physically on the body therefore mostly the people around never see it coming from their close ones and unfortunately couldn’t help either, therefore, we need to be honest with our close ones because when it comes about pain, whether it’s physical or mental everyone needs people around them and that is only possible when people will be honest with them about their mental health disorders.
What most commonly strikes in the mind when people are dealing with poor mental health is what if the people will overreact? what if they judge and don’t wanna listen? What if things become worse?
Never presume things and people on your own because there is one thing, until or unless we will not share our feelings with someone how will we know? That people do care about us and that someone could also be us. So don’t overthink and share feelings even with yourself.
3) Eat a healthy diet
4) Take a rest from social media and spend some time outside like an evening stroll
5) Be with people who makes you happy
b) Seek Help either professional or personal
When we broke our leg where do we go? Orthopedist
When we suffer from heart disease where do we go? Cardiologist
Just like for physical health we need a doctor the same as for mental health we also need a doctor, we need to go for a therapist to seek medical aid. Rather than being eroded with the fear of the stigmas, we need to try to go for help even if it seems uncomfortable for professional aid, seek personal aid, communicate with friends and doctors.
So it doesn’t matter where you are, with whom you are around, even a face carrying a beautiful smile could be dealing with mental health disorders.
So don’t feel ashamed of the stigmas, doesn’t matter what your gender is, what your age is, professional help in mental health is as important as in physical health. Don’t look for others, don’t even pay attention to what they will say, just proudly accept your disorder, aware yourself about mental health issues and seek help, first personal than professional.