MentorshipRevolution Question Column 8th Edition
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May has been Mental Health Awareness Month. MentorshipRevolution has previously announced and recognized this special occasion. Now for this month’s question column we will dive deeper into mental health, and why it should not be something we live in denial of knowing that it exists. I hope you are inspired and informed by this month’s question column.
Question: What is the truth about mental illness? I need to know the truth.
Answer (Hannah L.): Let me tell you the truth about mental illness. First, I will start this explanation by defining mental health. While mental illness is the conditions we seem most curious about- it is honestly mental health that needs to be understood and treated as important also. Think of both mental illness and mental health as two conditions that cannot be separated from each other.
Medical News Today defines mental health as cognitive, behavioral, and emotional well being that is all about how we think, feel, and behave. World Health Organization defined mental health as a state of well being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make contribution to community. Think of mental health as the natural state of the mind where things are normal and less blemished.
There is also mental illness. Mayo Clinic defines mental illness as disorders that affect your mood, thinking, and behavior. Mental illness is an impairment to the mind and brain functions, which can range from mild to moderate to severe. Remember the natural state of mind that wasn’t completely blemish free, but was less blemished? Mental illness is a condition that results where the natural state of mind is more blemished and blurry than what is considered healthy. Mental illness is a diagnosis that brings to attention a sickness or some underlying defects that need to be treated and allowed to heal.
Mental illness in most cases is the result of childhood or even adult hood trauma, tragic events that has happened in one’s life, unhealed injuries, or there may be environmental or genetic causes. 1 in 4 every people is said to suffer from mental illness according to World Health Organization. Twice as many women are treated for mental illness compared to men, which may have to deal with the traditional belief that women are weaker and more emotional ( so men are less likely to seek help and diagnosis even if cases are severe).
It is crucial that all individuals that are capable be taught mental health and effective habits that protect and nourish mental stability. Never take for granted your mental health, and definitely don’t laugh at others who demonstrate behavior that may be mental illness. Show the compassion to victims of mental illness the same compassion you would want if you were in there shoes. Dealing with mental illness in the lives of those close to you require a great amount of compassion, strength, love, and hope. It certainly isn’t easy, but remember to never stop seeking support and guidance because you are just as important to. In today’s world education allows us to learn and address any stigmas or misconceptions, but this process of learning doesn’t happen over night.
If you are a person young or old dealing with mental illness ( you see the signs or someone else does) don’t carry the burden alone. At a certain point you will likely be able to receive treatment and diagnosis. This might not seem very helpful but once you become aware on what you are feeling and facing you don’t have to live in denial or be ashamed of the person you are. You deserve to be mentally healthy and happy, which is why MentorshipRevolution has recognized Mental Health Awareness Month!
A few helpful resources:
– National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call (800) 273-8255
– National Alliance on Mental Illness: Call (800) 950- 6264
– National Institute of Mental Health: Call (866) 615-6464
By the way I don’t have all the answers, I am just an individual with a purpose and caring heart for others❤
This is the end of MentorshipRevolution Question Column 8th Edition. In this Question Column we focused on Mental Illness and Mental Health. I hope that this information was helpful to you in understanding mental illness in greater depth.
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