Mental health is noted to be an issue that many shun and are not willing to converse, but since when did ignoring a problem make it go away? The beginning of World Mental Health Awareness Week reminds us all that mental health is still a relevant topic.
Mental illness impacts the well-being of countless individuals across the globe. Societies like the United States and the UK will have one in three to four people experiencing mental conditions in the year of 2016. This will cost roughly $151 billion in health care costs. This amount of money could be used to sponser the National Health Services, a publicly funded health service facility that reaches thousands in need of mental and physical health in the UK.
Time spent at work, according to statistics has the greatest influence on the mental health of individuals – work is said to be more straining than money issues, romance and physical health. Crucial as health care may be, over 70% do not receive it. This again may be because of tendencies to brush off mental illness as minimal.
Again, the reason for this is mental illness bring viewed as a restricted topic. People who mention their mental illness especially to their employer are afraid they will be called unfit for the job or a liability so they keep silent. People not able to get to work because of their mental illness cost their employers around $37 billion per year.
Here in the United States the story is the same as in London pertaining to how mental health is treated as shameful. The United States has its own Mental Health America organization similar to how the United Kingdom has its National Health Service facilities for aiding the mentally and physically ill. Mental Health America was established in 1909 as a means to bring attention to mental health concerns and issues. They believe it is part of the medical system the same as a physical ailment would be. Mental Health America’s aim is to bring attention to the same mental illnesses that are cast into the shadows. Prevention and early diagnosis is key and can help deter an illness of the mind from becoming worse if caught in time.
Mental Health America follows the Before Stage 4 rule or, #B4stage4. This simply means giving mental diagnosis the same care that a serious disease before it gets out of control. Much like cancer is said to be deadliest at stage four, Mental Health America wants people to know that mental illness does not have to get out of hand, it can possibly be cured if treated earlier enough.
If you know someone who is struggling with mental issues, a list of hotline numbers can be found at this link: healthyplace.com. http://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/resources/mental-health-hotline-numbers-and-referral-resources/
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