why mental health is important?
How are you? You don’t have to say you’re fine. It’s fine to say you are not. It’s human to be not all right, all the time. Why is mental health a taboo? It’s essential that we talk about it. We seek help when we break a bone. Why don’t we do the same when a heart is broken? We take sick leave to nurse physical health. Why then is taking time as the mental health unprofessional? We talk about conquering out the space, but we’ll lose a battle with our minds at scenes.
It kills at least 800,000 people every year. Over 300 million people have depression. That’s almost equivalent to the entire population of the United States; twice the population of Russia. There are more people having depression today than the population of Germany, the UK, France, and Italy combined.
Over 260 million people are living with anxiety disorders. There are people living with both. Mental health is a silent pandemic. It is killing us and we can stop it. The first step is to start a conversation.
Celebrities talking about mental health
I’d be more than happy to start one. So let’s start over again. celebrities live that is as perfect as the pictures. They have everything that many of us can only aspire to have someday. Personal Fitness coaches, personal chefs, chauffeurs, hair and makeup artists, Personal Shoppers personal stylists.
There is someone taking care of everything for them, even their nails, everything, but mental health. Megan Market recently spoke about her struggles with mental health, about being depressed, having suicidal thoughts during her pregnancy. These are highly stigmatized topics, but celebrities have tested the waters that triggered conversation for Primetime, television, and newspaper headlines to dinner tables. Depression is becoming an issue. People are talking about.
Here is very interesting research. It shows that when a celebrity discloses his or her problem with mental health, the number of people seeking mental health support goes up.
A celebrity disclosure serves three functions.
1. It educates people
2. it inspires people
3. It also serves as activism
Long before Meghan Markle. Another Royal spoke about her personal struggles in public. Princess Diana In 1993, she spoke about her battle with bulimia. Soon, the number of women seeking treatment for bulimia was doubled. This phenomenon was called the Diana effect.
Here, is another study, it found that when singer Demi Lovato spoke about her bipolar disorder, the people who had a higher celebrity attachment to her ended up, having fewer negative stereotypes about those with bipolar disorder, such as the influence of a celebrity, such as the potential to bring about positive change.
I understand that mental health struggles are very personal. The decision to disclose is personal. It comes with its own costs, but I urge celebrities to talk about their mental health, use their influence to inspire people to seek help. Tell them that depression, anxiety is not taboo.
I think we need to create an environment and a society that understands mental health in a better way.Deepika Padukone
We live stressful lives. There are deadlines at work, responsibilities at home, fleeting relationships, pressure to look a certain way on social media, And all of this is bound to take a toll on our mental health, and there’s nothing wrong with having anxiety or depression, the problem begins when we hide it. Half of all mental illness begins at 13. Most cases go undetected and untreated. The result is “suicide”, the leading cause of death among 15 to 29-year-olds. Let’s try to change this trend. Let’s try to understand Mental Health.
So what is mental health?
It is our emotional health. Our thought patterns, our moods. Mental health dictates our decisions and behavior, just like physical health and mental health also depend on certain factors.
- Our genes
British scientists studied 839 families, 971 pairs of siblings of these families had severe recurrent major depression. They also had the chromosome 3p25-26. Now, scientists believe around 40% of depression cases can be traced to a genetic link.
There is a hormone called serotonin. It is called the feel-good chemical. serotonin’s role is to allow communication between brain neurons. Imbalance, In serotonin, has often been linked to depression.
- Life experiences
A psychologist at the University of Liverpool says that traumatic life events are the biggest cause of anxiety and depression. They studied nearly 33,000 people before drawing this conclusion.
- Family history
If a person grows around someone who’s depressed, he or she is most susceptible to depression
This study found that women had a 42 percent chance of hereditary depression, for men it is 29 percent, but for men, the stigma attached to seeking mental health hell is more.
Male superstars like Dwayne Johnson, you know, The Rock can break this. He opened up about his mental health in 2018. He said it depressed him after watching his mother attempt suicide. This can happen to anyone irrespective of their age, gender, social standing.
Here are some of the early signs of mental health problems
- Eating too much or too little
- Sleeping too much, or too little
- Distancing yourself from people
- All your usual activities
- Feeling low on energy
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Feeling a sense of helplessness or hopelessness
- Feeling on the edge all the time
- Like you can break into tears anytime or yell anytime
- Extreme mood swings are also a sign of deteriorating mental health
You hear voices in their head, having thoughts of harming yourself daily chores, like going to work on. Dropping your children to school and taking care of them. May felt too toxic. There is nothing to be afraid of. All you need to do is reach out, seek help and I’ll be honest, the journey to help me not be all that easy.
There are three major hurdles in this battle to access Mental Health Care
Even today, most families do not understand the idea of mental health, depression is mistaken for moodiness. Introversion, depression, or anxiety is also seen as something that can be treated over dinner or a vacation. No family wants to have a member who is visiting a life coach. They stopped Megan from accessing healthcare. She says she was too royal for it. In China, over 91 percent of people with mental disorders never seek help for their condition. There are many who want to, but they cannot.
2. Lack of Human Resources
We do not have enough specialists in this field. In India, for example, there are only point three psychiatrists per hundred thousand people. The desirable number is anything above 3
Today, Mental Health Care is a luxury in India. An average session of counseling or therapy costs you up to forty-one dollars. It’s around 3,000 rupees. The average cost per counseling session in the UK ranges from 55 to $85, in Japan between 74 and 138 dollars, in the United States therapists charge up to 120 dollars per session in cities, like New York or Los Angeles It jumps to $250 per hour. Imagine paying eighteen thousand rupees for help.
Mental Wellness is a 121 billion dollar market. It needs also to heal people. Mental Health, Care can no longer be a luxury and you can help in making it accessible. Do you know how? By de Stigmatizing mental health, a healthy mind helps not just the individual, but the entire society. Estimates from the World Health Organization show that depression and anxiety cost the global economy and trillion dollars every year.
Let me tell you how? In Lost productivity. Dear bosses, take note do not to judge an employee for taking a day off. Dear celebrities, you won’t be judged for talking about your struggles. At least twenty percent of India suffers from mental health problems. Let’s talk about it. Let’s make Mental Health Care accessible. Let’s put an end to this silent pandemic.
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