Mental health and physical health are both treated way differently. When you get a broken leg or a broken arm, you get immediate attention. When you have stomach pain or your neck is hurting. You immediately go into a hospital and there are people to take care of you as soon as possible. But when you are feeling depressed, or if you’re having high levels of anxiety, no one takes you seriously. Physical health and mental health have never received the same amount of attention, respect, and even funding. About 1 in 5 adults have mental illness. And we need to start taking mental health more seriously.
It’s Just As Serious
One of the big problems with mental health is that people don’t take it seriously. Some just feel like it’s something they’ll get over in a few weeks. Or something that they just need to “get used to”. Even though it’s a bigger problem than that. And because people don’t take it as seriously, people who are going through these types of problems don’t speak out about them. Them not speaking out about the problems they are facing just makes it worse.
Can Lead To Physical Health Problems
Continuing to not acknowledge mental health will also have the body cause physical health problems. Though they are usually thought of as separate entities, the two go hand in hand. Having poor mental health can cause yourself to stop making healthy decisions and fight off chronic diseases. Heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and make you have a weaker immune system.
Not taking mental health serious can also cause the person to become homeless, job stability issues, drug addiction, self-harm, and suicide.
Suicide is on the Rise
Suicide is becoming more and more of an epidemic for those struggling with mental illness. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “41,000 individuals die by suicide. Causing them to leave behind thousands of friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of their loss. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death amongst adults in the U.S. and the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-24”. And these rates are still increasing.
People who die by suicide are frequently experiencing undiagnosed, undertreated, or untreated depression.
Mental Health in Media
Because the amount of attention that surrounds mental illness the media does not portray it as best as they could. Though there are two sides to this because there are some movies and televisions shows that showcase mental illness in the way it is supposed to. There are some praises and some fear that goes in with the portrayal of mental health. People living with mental illness are people first, and showing that in entertainment is critical.
But also, so many artists have come out to help spread the importance of mental health. Singer-songwriter Demi Lovato has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, eating disorder, and depression. She is very open to this topic and is now stronger and more confident than ever. Lovato has given the opportunity for her fans to come for group therapy sessions during before her concerts. Rapper Logic has even brought out a song entitled, 1-800-273-8255 which is the number for the suicide hotline.
Taking it More Seriously
The truth is, mental illness should not be treated any differently than physical illness. although you can’t visualize our troubles, they still are very real problems that very much exist.