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Should we change our view on mental health

What’s your opinion on mental health?

Pull yourself together…
Just get on with it…..
I can’t understand what’s up with you…
What actually is mental health?

Just a few examples of sentences I’ve heard people use when speaking to another human being with a mental health issue. I realise we all have our own opinion and that the way in which we think and act are a combination of our life experiences, so of course, we all have varying degrees of opinion on life and everything in between. That being said I’m interested in the response from certain individuals, and organisations on mental health.

Let’s for a second compare mental and physical health. We have a person who was trying to recreate the lift from dirty dancing and has fallen and broken their leg, the leg needs to go in plaster and is going to have a big impact on their daily life….In the coming week’s friends, family and even strangers feel sorry for them and ask if there’s anything they can do to help (Human nature).

Secondly, we have a person who has recently become unwell and has been diagnosed with depression. This is going to have a big impact on their life….In the coming week’s friends, family and strangers may see them but the reaction is totally different. The sentences mentioned earlier may come out again

Pull yourself together…
Just get on with it…..
I can’t understand what’s up with you…

Challenging our own opinions

I’m not writing this as a way to vilify anyone, my aim is to ask people to question their own reactions when faced with someone dealing with poor mental health. I understand not everybody has dealt with or experienced poor mental health. On the same token, how many people have NOT experienced a broken bone but have been able to show empathy with somebody that has?

Two women doing yoga outdoors improving thier mental health.


Taking control of our own journey

My own journey with mental health has been turbulent and at times in crisis. I have seen and spoken to many mental health professionals, taken countless prescription medication and taken part in numerous treatment styles. These days I recognise the importance of wellbeing as a whole. What I mean is that not addressing all aspects of your life will make it difficult for you to move forward. For example:

Physical health
Spiritual health
Emotional health

What works for my mental health

The following has helped me refrain crisis and minimise the impact of any mental health glitches that may occur. That being said you should always do what is best for you and seek any medical assistance when creating your own treatment plan. This is the reason I place well being so highly as it has given me the opportunity to be the best I can be and for that, I am truly grateful.

Take action

If you, or somebody you know, is dealing with mental health issues, there are organisations that can help. Please pick up the phone or access the internet and make contact today via a forum, facebook group or Mind UK for more information.

Depending on your location you can find out about global mental health support here.

I would love to hear how you deal with mental health, or any experiences you have had. Please leave your comments in the section below.

Until next time please take care….

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