Mental Health Must Be A Top Priority, But Maybe Not For The Reasons You've Heard Before

Mental Health Must Be A Top Priority, But Maybe Not For The Reasons You've Heard Before

Don't ever give mental health second preference or second priority.

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What even is mental health? Or when was the last time you heard about mental health?

I am guessing not very often. And whose fault is it? society? social media? educators? or even yourself?

We tend to blame ourselves for going wrong on a decision but we don't blame ourselves for other things. We like to believe just going with the flow! But does going with the flow always work? No, it hardly works.

We say we know about mental health but do we really? In my opinion, we don't know much about mental health. Growing up in a society that's always judgmental and always is criticizing you is hard but to show them who you really are is even harder. In our society, if you can't do something or don't want to come into pressure into doing that particular act than your not consider normal and your no longer accepted.

Why care to be accepted?

We always tell people to be yourself! Be unique! How many times have you heard those phrases? Let me tell you I have heard those phrases a lot, but there's a lot the part of thinking.

Thinking about the fact if you're going be viewed the same? If people are going to treat you the same? What if people change around you because of the change you made?

There will always be that fear of not getting accepted or not getting liked by people. But is that really a factor to worry about? Some people will say yes it is and others will say no it isn't.

To me, it no longer matters what people will think about my actions. My actions are for me and my actions do portray who I am.

Mental Health needs awareness because of the fact that we are always taught to care about body image, to care about what our grades are, to care about money. No one ever teaches us what mental health is or how to take care of it.

Nowadays when people feel like they have depression or anxiety the first question that always comes up is what are people going to think? That question is a symbol of how critical society is and how ignorant people really are.

Nowadays people with invisible disabilities can't talk much about what it's like or how they feel without getting people to say this is how you should do it or you don't actually have that disease.

Invisible disabilities do exist and not everything needs a physical show for it to occur. We always take care of people or are more empathetic towards people who have a physical disability but why not be empathetic towards those who have an invisible one? Or at the least be there for them?

During college years especially a large percentage of students are either going through or diagnosed with depression and/or anxiety. Well, guess why that is? Because society doesn't care enough to raise awareness for it.

We ourselves don't even know or can't tell what state of mental health was in. Is what I'm feeling normal? We never just take a couple minutes to focus on ourselves.

We live in a society that if you just stop doing what you were doing and take a couple of deep breaths your automatically labeled as lazy. So what makes people think society will change its viewpoints? Society could change if we as people make an effort to change.

Today make it count. Try to find out what mental health actually is. Don't be afraid to seek help. Because we usually think oh it will go away or it's not that big of the deal well guess what it is and you need to take a step to know what state your mental health is.

No one can give you the help you need unless you make an effort to get it. Try to know your health. Know what symptoms of mental health are normal and if you experience anything that's not normal get help right away. Don't ever give mental health second preference or second priority. Mental health always needs to be a top priority.

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To The Person Feeling Like They're Losing Their Hometown Friends

Don't fret to much, if they are truly your best friends, you aren't gonna lose them.

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When you grow up and leave home to go to college or whatever your plans are after high school, you and your hometown best friends promise to make time for each other. You promise to always get together over breaks and to visit each other if you aren't going to the same schools or living in the same town.

But you realize over time that maybe those promises aren't gonna be kept.

Life gets complicated. School starts to become harder and harder, there are extracurriculars and work, and trying to figure out the rest of your lives; things start to get in the way. Visiting starts to happen less and less, getting together over breaks gets more complicated, you try to stay in contact but the hours in the day seem to get shorter and shorter. There are too many things that you have to accomplish in one day that it's difficult to know if you can even get together.

You start to ask yourself "Am I losing my closest friends?"

And the answer to that question is no, your lives are changing and things are starting to become real but they will always be there. Just because you don't talk all the time or you go a few months without seeing each other, they are still your friends. They will always care and always be there. Don't stress about it too much, they are always gonna be there, it's just that your lives are pulling all of you in different directions and it can get hard to keep up with everyone because you are all so busy.

You are growing up but you're not necessarily growing apart!

If they are truly your best friends they will always be there, and you there for them. As time goes on, your lives will continue to change but you are always gonna be friends. Just know that they are there when you need them, and when you do get to see each other, it's like nothing has changed and you pick up right where you left off. Your friendship is important to all of you. Don't let a little bit of silence or a busy life cause problems. You haven't lost them, trust me, you all are just figuring out life. Don't take it personally when you don't talk for a while.

"Amigas, Cheetahs, Friends for life" — Cheetah Girls

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10 Little Acts Of Kindness To Make A Stranger's Day

Let's spread some kindness!

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One of my favorite quotes is "It costs $0 to be nice". I love saying that to people who are rude to me (or, at least I say it after they're gone and not to their face). It takes the same amount of effort to be nice to someone than to be mean to someone. Instead of ruining someone's day, what if you made it one to remember for a positive reason?

Here are ten ways that you can improve a stranger's day. Incorporate these into your life to make an impact on the world.

1. Pay for their meal

When I was having a really hard day a few years ago, I decided to swing by McDonald's and pick up an iced coffee. I pulled up to the front window and found that the person in front of me had paid for my meal. Before I could say thank you, he had pulled away never to be seen again. Ever since then I like to pay for the person behind me whenever I can (I'm a broke college student after all). It makes someone feel like someone is out there looking out for them!

2. Compliment them

It's a priority of mine to compliment at least one person a day. If you see a cute purse or see someone rocking a new shirt, let them know you notice!

3. Put change in an expired parking meter

You've been there before: a ticket for only a few minutes over the meter. What if someone had been there to help you out and have your back? What if you were that person?

4. Post-it notes

These are great if you're on a college campus or even if you live in an apartment complex, go to the store, basically do anything outside your home! Positive affirmations left around for a stranger to spot are sure to put a smile on at least someone's face.

5. Hand out flowers

It's impossible to refuse a flower. Well, if they're not allergic.

6. Leave a big tip/kind note

My friends and I did this once at a restaurant-- the woman was overworked, but still managed to be incredibly kind and patient, which is hard to do with a group of teenagers. To thank her we wanted to give her a big tip, but none of us had money on us other than what would cover the bill.

Instead, we gave her whatever cash we had on us, any gift cards and punch cards and a long note on a napkin signed by all of us. I like to think that we made her shift a little more manageable.

7. Be positive

Be positive! If you hear someone complaining tell them the silver lining of the situation! Just don't be preachy.

8. Scrape off snow/ice on someone's car

This can basically work all the time in Michigan since apparently, it's a never-ending winter. Taking the time to help another person out will be greatly appreciated!

9. Help someone who's obviously lost

Have you ever seen someone looking like they're about to have a panic attack and freaking out because they're lost? Why not ask if you can help! Why not recommend the best places around town, too?

10. Smile

Seeing another person smile makes another person feel happier. Spread the joy!

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