Mental health awareness

We know that mental health is defined as a state of well-being, where each individual realises his or her own potential, is able to cope with stress associated with daily life and who can work productively.

But to have good mental health, we must first be mentally aware, in other words have mental health awareness. Mental health must be centred around our physical, mental and social wellbeing and be free of disease. When we have good mental health, we will maintain good physical health.

Mental health awareness is important because without being aware of mental health and how it works, we will never have full mental health. We must be aware and continue to make ourselves aware of the importance of mental health. I’m not sure how many of us think of our lives in that way.

A brain injury that directly affects the brain chemistry can contribute to mental illness. It is the reason I deal with generalised anxiety disorder. For those like me who deal with a brain injury, it becomes more important for us to know that we must sort out our emotions.

When we consciously continue to make ourselves aware of mental health and we take care of any issues,  mental health and having mental health awareness becomes easier.


15 Dec, 2018

4 thoughts on “Mental health awareness

  1. ‘Knowing is half the battle’ is an expression I like to use. I spent a long time trying to pretend I didn’t have the issues I did, thanks to not wanting to be anything like my parents, but it turns out I was just like them and much worse.

    People aren’t very understanding when it comes to mental health issues, unless they deal with mental health issues themselves. They seem to equate mental health with someone who is homeless and/or screaming at people that aren’t there, but the reality is so many of us spend a lot of time and effort trying to look normal.

    It is truly such a shame because so many end up taking their own lives and then they ask the question Why? Sadly it has taken me to 50 to finally be somewhat aware of my mental health, seeing as I spent most of my life being the social chameleon and just trying to fit in.

    It is sad when I have watched the most amazing people, myself included, waste their lives and talents thinking that they are nothing better than cockroaches.

    It has taken me 20+ years of therapy and many classes of DBT to finally feel like a human being. People didn’t really known what was going on with me either, since I wasn’t one to share a whole lot, thanks to a childhood where I wasn’t supposed to talk about what was going on.

    Others always assume that just because a person looks okay that they actually are, but I can usually see through those masks seeing as I had to wear one for a long time.

    I want to be able to live my life without the mask and not feel like I have to hide anything, like I felt like I had to, for so long.

    1. I’m pleased. Yes, how we see ourselves Randy, isn’t how others see us. I’m sure you’ve made mistakes, we wouldn’t be human without mistakes, but what’s important is understanding your life now and you understand it now.

      Mental health and mental health awareness go hand in hand. Once we’ve worked out our issues, how much of those issues are of our own doing, and how much are a result of someone else, mental health becomes easier.

      It seems like our problems go on forever and I’ve had that myself, but once we take stock, life can and does get easier. Decide where and what you want from your life and be more proactive and the universe will conspire.

      You’re a good guy Randy, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. It’s a case of trying to get your own house in order.

  2. A significant post today. I heard on the BBC today that 1 in 4 adults will experience mental health problems at some point in their lives.

    That is a very significant proportion of the population and yet awareness of mental health issues is still lacking and is still stigmatised.

    Creating awareness is so important and awareness helps eliminates stigma, whereas ignorance creates closed minds and rejects acceptance of those who are seen as ‘different.’

    By raising awareness, mental health can be seen as an illness which can be managed by treatment. We should not separate mental health illness from physical health, such as cancer.

    Awareness is a form of education which should start in schools and should be followed through in the workplace. It is key for understanding what mental health is and understanding is the starting place for helping.

    Thankfully attitudes are slowly changing, helped by many high profile celebrities talking about their now mental illness and in the UK, by the Royal Family.

    As you have also shown through your blog, talking about mental health is a hugely positive step.

    1. Thanks. Yes, having dealt with generalised anxiety disorder and not knowing I had it as a child, I was aware of my mental health from an early age.

      I like your paragraph where you say, ‘creating awareness is so important and awareness helps eliminates stigma, whereas ignorance creates closed minds and rejects acceptance of those who are seen as ‘different.’

      I think society needs to do more around trying to change people’s attitudes. I think that’s the biggest problem we have. If more of our attitudes changed, there would be less of a stigma attached to mental health.

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