When you are aware of mental health, you are taking care of yourself. This can also mean that you are minding your triggers and observing things that are making you depressed or anxious. Stick to those things and don’t ever run away from what is causing distress to you. This may be a bitter truth, but it is better than running away from your pain. Confronting your feelings will make you understand your problem, and you will be able to process those feelings; you can then move on.
During the Mental Awareness Week, the supporters will be spreading issues relating to mental health and why it is necessary and vital. This is done through education, support, and advocacy. Some of the reasons why you need to be aware of mental health issues are as follows:
You Can Eliminate the Stigma
There are a lot of stigmas associated with mental illness, and this stigma often makes people feel stereotyped, shameful, isolated or discriminated against. All of these can hinder the recovery of the person. By being aware and talking about these mental issues openly and letting people know what your problem is; people will understand that there is more to you than your mental illness and they will see that you cannot be defined by that alone.
Information and Awareness Must Rise
When you are aware of your mental health issue, and you talk about it to the people, you will help other people who think they are alone. You will let these people realize that they are not alone on their way to the recovery stage. They will also know that there are some other people who are feeling the same way they are feeling. For those without mental illness, the awareness will help them understand the symptoms, treatment, risk factors, and prevention methods; these people will use this information to help those around them. With this, society will be more informed and accept mental health issues.
More People Are Affected Than You May Think
You may think that you are the only one affected, many people are affected either directly or through someone suffering from a mental health issue. According to a study by the National Institute for Mental Health in 2015, it was shown that nearly 1 in 5 of American adults has mental illness per year. About 21.4% of an adolescent of between 13-18 years are also experiencing serious mental illness at one point or the other in their lifetime. However, there may be higher statistics since people are afraid to come forth to pronounce their problem.
Treatment Is Crucial
When people are aware of their mental health issues, they will know that help is available. If not, they may develop chronic medical conditions and they may die earlier than others who have pronounced their issues and have been treated for other treatable conditions. Speaking out and seeking treatment for minor ailments can be the best way to have a prolonged life.