The social stigma surrounding mental health, although slowly being chipped away, is still present. World Mental Health Day, first celebrated in 1992, is part of a global effort to forever erase that stigma and propel focus, compassion, and more attention into an area that affects nearly 1/5th of the population.
Mental Health’s Widespread Effects
Mental distress and illness can occur at any age, and while significant events can be the cause of mental health difficulties, half of all mental illnesses start by age 14. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death affecting 15-29 year-olds, and even with the gravity of these numbers, many cases of mental health go unreported.
Young People and Mental Health
This years’ theme for WMHD is “young people and mental health in a changing world.” In recent years, more efforts have been focused on prevention rather than only treatment after diagnosis. The world is realising that building mental resilience at a young age is a valuable asset to combatting difficult stresses in a time with growing pressures due to technology, as well as those experienced during early adolescence; such as divorce, loss, moving, or changing schools.
Better mental health starts with better understanding, increased resources, and a more open-armed world well equipped with consideration for those suffering from disorders. Many people overwhelmed by anxiety and depression choose not to seek help for fear of embarrassment. But the world is changing, and more people are finding that there are many resources available, tethered to people that strongly care about your personal health.
It’s ok to seek help, and more so, it’s ok to not be ok. In this challenging world, we find peace in community, and there’s a big community of resources out there for people suffering from mental health disorders. If you live in Australia and are stressed, depressed, or need to speak to someone right away, we recommend that you contact the mental health experts at Beyond Blue.
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by Morgan Sliff