Since the dawn of our time here on Earth, our health has been the most paramount part of our existence and our species’ progression. As time has gone on, we have developed a healthy obsession with understanding, improving, and maintaining out physical health. We are now at the point where we have a strong, capable grasp on our physical health and all that it entails. However, the same cannot be said for our understanding and open attitude towards mental health. In fact, if anything, the attitude towards mental health is heavily tainted with a stigma that, despite much effort to the cause of improvement, has not budged much – if any. The fact is that mental health is just as important, if not more so, than physical health, and the stigma has created a global epidemic that is boiling over. For far too long, mental health has been treated as more of an attitude and behavioural problem, than the genuine health risk that it is. Thankfully, thanks to a relatively recent influx of research and studies focusing on mental health, this unhealthy attitude is finally shifting.
When it comes to addressing mental health, it is fair to say that there has always been a stigma surrounding the fact. There is a preconceived notion that mental health is simply a case of attitude and weakness. This response to mental health is not only incorrect and unhealthy, but also incredibly dangerous. Individuals who suffer with mental health struggles often find themselves displaced and unsure of where they sit in the world, and in their world. This is not an opinion, this is fact. And this fact stems, at least partially, from the reality that the alienation and isolation that individuals feel when they struggle with their mental health is partially the response to the attitude of others towards their struggles. This attitude has become a global one, and it stems from the stigma that has been attached to mental health since the dawn of our time. Mental health struggles are not as easily seen and diagnosed as physical health issues, because they do not manifest aesthetically, clear to the eye. But this does not mean, in any way, shape, or form, that they are any less important. If anything, they are even more so.
This toxic attitude towards mental health has created a dangerous precedent. It is one that makes those who suffer with mental health struggles feel alone and terrified. This is so dangerous not only because it goes against basic human nature to be so harsh, but also because it can result in risks to the affected individual’s health. Sometimes, in the worst of cases, the results can be lethal. Fatality as a response to mental health struggles of all kinds is unfortunately quite common. Around the world, more and more individuals have been finding themselves in alarming circumstances. Mental health struggles are a global epidemic, and without the right attitude, and an honest, open, and supportive environment for those suffering to turn to, this issue is only going to continue to fester. Mental health struggle is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign that even the boldest and most determined of strengths can crack under pressure. This is our reality. Mental health struggles can impact anyone, anytime, anywhere. So, it is crucial that the toxic attitude towards mental health changes.
This is, thankfully, changing now. These days, with more research and more studies out there than ever, there is a strong acknowledgement and overall understanding of what we have gotten wrong. Today, the issue of mental health is more prominent than ever – and on a global scale, at that. In fact, acknowledgement and understanding surrounding health on all levels and inputs is growing. Approaches like CBD science, or professional psychology, for example, are dedicated to helping people understand points of health and all it encompasses. Similarly, there are companies motivated to do the same. Finally, people are becoming more supportive and open when discussing issues of mental health, and addressing them adequately and proactively. More than ever, people are honest about their struggles, because they realise that the doorway to the help they need is wide open, rather than edged open slightly at the close. It is the change that the world has so desperately needed, and it is shocking that it has taken this long for it to barrel into effect. Of course, the work is nowhere near done yet, but if we keep moving in this same general direction, there is no reason that we cannot make genuine, lasting impact for mental health and those who suffer with its struggles, both now and into the future.
Mental health is just as important to one’s well being as physical health is. Over the years, there has been an eager and ongoing abundance of research and studies on physical health. This ongoing influx has led to a strong understanding and grasp of physical health. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for mental health. Despite the arching necessity of more studies and research into mental health, there is still a drastic imbalance surrounding the general understanding and support of mental health research. Thankfully (and long overdue), this is slowly but surely changing. Mental health is such a significant contributor to overall health (if not the most important of all), so it is crucial that we reach the honest, open, and supportive point that we have with physical health, with mental health. This is too important than issue to hold off on addressing any longer. In fact, this is long overdue. There is still a lot of work to be done, and a long way to go, but we are finally on the right track.