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Let’s Make Mental Health Day Everyday

Mental Health Day is recognized once a year, but why not everyday?

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Let’s Make Mental Health Day Everyday

Depression comes in many forms and can affect anyone.

Depression comes in many forms and can affect anyone.

Photo Illustration: Erika Suarez

Depression comes in many forms and can affect anyone.

Photo Illustration: Erika Suarez

Photo Illustration: Erika Suarez

Depression comes in many forms and can affect anyone.

October 10 is marked down as a day to give some global attention to world mental health day. However, it should be given attention entirely and regardless of a date.

The most common types of mental illnesses is depression and anxiety.

Depression could be situational or it could be more on a clinical side. Most of us have are up and down moments, and some more often than others. Our moods do change throughout the day as we are humans who experience a range of emotions daily.

For those who can’t relate to this and have never met anyone that suffers through such conditions. It may seem as trivial or like a cry for attention. Too often do people hear things such as; toughen up, just get over it, look on the bright side, or it will get better. Some people may down play how a person thinks or feels because, to them, it may not be as serious as they think. Or it could be a phase that will easiy fade.

The truth is, you’re not in their head.

You may not have a clue what their thought process is. A post on social media may not really provide insight on what someone is really thinking or feeling. Most wouldn’t feel comfortable to really speak freely about it or seek the help they need.   

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) states, “Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year. 6.9% of adults in the U.S.—16 million—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, 50.5%—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness.

Mental well being should be just as important as physical well-being. In fact, they go hand in hand. This day was a trending topic on social media with people trying to normalize. How it’s okay to not be okay all the time and to talk about it more.

Since it’s often not discussed or a priority matter until it’s too late or until something extreme happens. Sometimes temporary fixes like nights out, bubble baths with candles, or a face mask doesn’t quite do the trick. If therapy or support groups isn’t an option there are; podcasts, apps, books, outlines, and even YouTube videos. There are countless options for seeking help and to know that you’re not alone in this.

It may be ingrained for some of us to come to the rescue for those that are suffering from mental illnesses.

Especially if you care for them. Sometimes it’s just beyond our control to really do so. For those wanting to help someone with a mental illness. Just being a listening ear to provide emotional support can go a long way. Becoming educated and doing as much research on the matter is also a necessity. Finally getting some type of support.

 

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