Mental Health: a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being.
Everyone feels sad.
Whether it’s provoked by a pet that passed away or a parents divorce,
Everyone feels sad.
Everyone also get’s sick.
Whether it’s a sore throat or a cancer tumour,
Everyone get’s sick.
These two things are very similar. Both are uncomfortable, difficult to surpass, and everyone would rather not experience.
However, there is one great difference.
If you have a harsh cold or a sore leg you get help. Nobody judges you for it. Being healthy is what we aspire to be so why wouldn’t one get help?
For some strange reason, when people are sad for excruciatingly long periods of time, they sometimes don’t want to get help.
People seem to think that if they give it time, it’ll pass. Depression actually will linger if not treated. People can’t just snap out of being depressed. Depression is no different from any other medical conditions; it often requires treatment to control or heal it.
Waiting endlessly for depression to pass can be very harmful. There is growing evidence that untreated depression can contribute to or worsen some medical conditions. “Heart disease is the one condition that has been most linked to depression, but research also suggests a link between depression and metabolic issues such as obesity, diabetes, and diseases such as Alzheimer’s and cancer,” says Erik Nelson, MD.
Some people may not realize that even if they aren’t sad all the time, it is okay to see somebody just to let loose all the anxiety and stress weighing you down. School counsellors, trusted adults, or even just a friend to sit down and talk with can release so much bad energy from your mind and spirit.
Society, especially younger generations, need to realize that being sad is perfectly fine. It’s just a matter of being comfortable and confident enough to ask for help.
Talking to someone about your emotions need to be just as normal as going to a doctor for a check up. We have check ups for physical health, why not mental health?
Mental health does not have enough attention drawn to it in our society. It needs to be just as normal as seeing a family doctor.
Feeling sad is okay. It’s just a matter of how you address it.
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Let us hope that with initiatives such as Bell Let’s Talk and persons such as yourself who dare to address the issue of mental health, the silence will be broken and mental health will finally receive the attention it so desperately needs.