To Anyone That Believes Mental Health Is Remotely Unimportant

To Anyone That Believes Mental Health Is Remotely Unimportant

Can you tell when your loved ones are truly happy?
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There are certain feelings and emotions that are so purely and entirely unexplainable to others, no matter how hard one may try. These feelings range from sensations of happiness and euphoria to fatal depressive moods; moods that I can say I have developed myself. I can also say that those who do not obtain these emotions at times can be sympathetic to situations, but are physically unable to understand and ultimately comprehend the mentality and magnitude of these moods.

According to Mental Health, one in ten young people experience extended periods of major depression, and one in every twenty-five Americans have lived with mental illnesses including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. There are various causes and effects of mental health disorders, but many effects result in unremitting suicidal thoughts, or worst case scenario, suicide. Having close and personal ties with people who have attempted suicide, my eyes have really been opened to the severity of the matter.

Many significant people in my life have told me in the past that they have been incredibly depressed. I used to brush it off as if it was a minuscule issue that would secede within a few days or so, and never empathized with anyone until I felt it myself. It is sad, yet very true, that many people cannot decipher the difference between sympathy and empathy, and therefore approach comprehension of the matter but fail.

Society as a whole generally promotes the notion that every being should be in a standard and highly ranked occupation for him or herself in order to maintain a happy lifestyle. We all know the importance of physical health such as physical strength and stamina, oral health including things like cavity prevention and whiter and brighter teeth. But does society understand the importance and severity of mental health? That I am not so sure.

According to the World Health Organization, mental health is defined as,

“state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community”.

That being said, without a full and healthy mental state, it will be hard for any individual to live his or her life to the fullest extent.

The importance of one’s mental health and happiness undoubtedly surpasses anything else in this world and needs to be discerned that way. Mental health is fundamental in our everyday lives and drastically effects one’s occupational productivity, and the relationships and interactions he or she has with others.

In addition, because I was someone once incredibly mentally unstable, I believe that as a society we must value the significance of mental health. We must create a population that regards mental stability as essential, and provide institutions that promote the pursuit of happiness. Statistics show that there numerous dynamics that are influenced by mental health, including one’s self-image, dietary patterns, social group, and exercising habits.

Managing mental health is entirely important because despite some circumstances, no one should be so unhappy to the extent where he or she does not feel that living is important anymore. Help is offered to those in need almost anywhere, so if you or someone you know is struggling with any type of mental disorder, please seek help!

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.
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Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

Suicidal thoughts are thought of in such black-and-white terms. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is there are some stuck in the gray area of those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble, and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead. You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling, whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die?" or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255


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5 Tips To Help You Feel Better If You're Sick

A few helpful tips if there's a bug going around.

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Not to brag, but I don't get sick very often, maybe once a year. When I do find myself a little under the weather, there's a few things I like to do for a faster recovery. I have no idea if any of these are 100% accurate, but I'd like to think they do. None of these will immediately make you feel better, but they'll help quicken the process.

Drink lots of water.

This one is a no-brainer, but it can be hard to do sometimes. I know when I'm sick, I definitely don't think about it. Water can help flush toxins out of your body, makes you hydrated, and can help you feel more awake and energized! If you're not a huge water drinker like I am, Tea also helps.

Stay home.

If you're sick, it's honestly better if you just take a day off and focus on feeling better. If you're worried about going to school or work, it's better that you don't spread anything. Let me just say, I'm fairly certain the last time I caught something was because someone behind me in a class was coughing through the entire lecture.

Rest.

This one goes with the last point, but sleeping will help your immune system fight off any infections. It's good to take some time off and get any extra sleep you can.

Clean everything.

I like to wash all of my clothes and bed sheet, because they're what I wear and touch the most, especially my pillow cases. This will help get rid of some germs and stop them from spreading. It's also good to disinfect anything you touch often, like doorknobs and table surfaces.

Take medicine.

This one also sounds like a no brainer, but seriously if you expect to feel better soon you should be taking some sort of medicine. At the very least, it'll help with your symptoms, so you're not couching or sneezing every couple minutes.

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