Mental health attitudes have been one of the biggest social changes which we have seen in the last 20 years, and that is something very positive indeed. There are many factors which have caused this shift in opinion and attitude and whilst there is still some way to go, we should be very happy that we have finally gotten rid of many of the stigmas which were associated to those with mental health problems for such a long time. If you are going through a bout or mental health issues or you have a diagnosed illness, here is why you no longer need to be ashamed.
So Much Support
I have a friend who works for the fantastic Amare Global, a center which has been set up to support those with mental health issues by taking a community-based and holistic approach to treatment. In fact if you check out the Amare Global reviews you’ll see just what amazing work they do here. My friend cited the fact that there is now so much support for those going through mental health issues. There are charities and hospitals who have infrastructure to support those with mental health issues and those who suffer are no longer alone in their fight against mental health.
Breaking the Taboo
For so many years mental health issues were treated with contempt by so many and the difference between attitudes to that and towards physical health were absolutely huge. Finally we are reading a point where people realize that depression isn’t just about being sad, someone with an issue like autism isn’t ‘weird’ but rather someone who needs medical help and support from those around them. This taboo has been fractured and broken but there is still a way to go in some communities in terms of acceptance.
Mental health is now very much in our daily conversations and friends can bring up their own mental health without fear of rejection or people not wishing to talk about it. Much of the reason why this is now in the conversation is because of high profile and public figures who are openly speaking about their own battles with mental health. People see these famous people and think ‘well if they can talk about it, then so can I’. Furthermore we have also seen some tragic circumstances of celebrities taking their own lives despite having never showed that there was an issue. The general consensus following this is that if we speak about it more, then more people will feel comfortable to come forward and seek help for their own issues before things go too far.
This sea change which we have witnessed in terms of our attitudes to mental health is a great achievement and it is one which we should all be very proud of. There are many resources online which you can find that can help if you or someone you know is having problems, and it is essential that we educate ourselves so that we can be better going forward.