Teaching children to care for themselves mentally at an early age and providing them with the tools necessary to do so will encourage a lifetime of mental well-being. Having a positive view of oneself affects so many aspects of our lives, from education to socialization our mental health touches on every interaction and experience we have.
According to the data collected by the MHA, an average of 19%, and a total of 47.1 million Americans struggle with a mental illness. Of those 47.1 million people almost 11% of them are uninsured. Meaning 2.4 million people had no access to mental healthcare unless they paid 100% out of pocket.
How many times throughout our life have we heard the following phrases? Big boys don’t cry. Men can’t wear pink. You shouldn’t let your son play with dolls. Man-up. Stop being a baby. These phrases have become commonplace in cultures that support toxic masculinity.
Mental illness is often stigmatized. We talk about what those fighting mental illness struggle with and what it’s like dealing with a mental disorder. But, honestly, individuals with mental illness struggle with the same things that we do. They deal with the same situations that we deal with. Individuals with mental illness are simply individuals. They are not their condition
In the mental health field, there are a variety of different professions. Counselors, therapists, psychiatrists, nurses, and psychoanalysts all work together as a team in an attempt to support their clients. But, these professionals face many challenges each day. From poor infrastructure to obtaining cultural compliance, these professionals work hard to create safe spaces that are judgment-free and promote growth.
Approximately ten percent of the world has been diagnosed with a mental health disorder. In the United States alone, an estimated twenty percent of adult Americans suffer from a mental illness. Of that twenty percent, only fifty percent of them seek help in managing their disorder.
There’s an elephant in the room. This enormous, grey creature is stomping his feet and swinging his trunk, but still, we all pretend not to notice. This elephant in the room is the stigma of mental illness. Similar to every other illness, every mental illness requires treatment. But, the stigma that surrounds the topic prevents many people from seeking it.
The week is coming to a close. It’s time to go out and have a good time, right? Some of us have no intention of going out. We want to sit around the house, watch some television, and relax. The work, or school, week is over, and we are tired. We’ve stretched ourselves thin trying to accomplish everything that needed to be accomplished this week.