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Mental Health: noticing signs and finding solutions

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Mental Health: noticing signs and finding solutions

4 weeks ago
By Naima Tazergha

Trigger Warning: mental health, eating disorders

From what we know, 1 in 4 people are suffering from a mental illness in the UK. However, we have to be careful with this statistic as very few people state themselves to be so.

Suffering from a mental health issue may come from different factors and might be defined in different ways. However, some usually have a single thing in common: a lack of self-esteem. Whether it has flourished from a wound never healed, a shock or a fear of living something back: all of these, if not discussed early, grow up inside our brain and create a lack of something. The point of mental health issues is finding what is that something. According to the experience of people I asked and of my own experience, this “something” is the awareness of who we really are. This article, written by a twenty-year-old student working on the development of mental health aims to make it easier for everyone to understand the basics of mental health without judging the disease nor the one suffering from it. Usually, this ignorance of who we really are leads to the belief of not being good enough and the fear of not fitting in.

The hardest part of a mental health problem is usually not on defining it but rather on knowing when someone is suffering. People who are suffering from any mental health issue and mostly if it’s in the beginning, won’t tell you what they are going through. And the main reason is they don’t know themselves what this is. Therefore, it’s you who will have to find out about it. But how? How can we notice when someone needs help? If you know well this person, you probably will see some changes. Depending on the mental health ( as there are so many), the changes won’t be exactly the same but usually related.

One of the most common symptoms is if someone becomes distant. They become less involved in things they used to love doing. This may not happen in a short amount of time but rather in a long period of time, which is why it is hard for people to notice it.

With some illnesses, the people suffering mentally will skip meals because they have a loss of appetite or because they feel the need to starve themselves. Some of them may also feel as if life doesn’t make any sense. By talking about life with someone suffering, you may find out how incredibly sad their perspective is. This is why it is important to have a discussion with them. The Mental Health Foundation aims to prevent any mental health problem from happening by talking about it through events and projects that you can find on their website: mentalhealth.org.uk.

Fortunately, many organizations and celebrities have succeeded in making people more open-minded about these issues. Among them, Jay Shetty, a Londoner who is now living in New York has created online content about mental health awareness and is now followed by more than 4 million people on social media.

One solution to help people to deal with mental health illnesses is to change the way we see the entire topic. A lot of people involved in mental health awareness have compared mental health to physical health. By doing this, people can start to see mental illnesses as serious as physical illnesses, which in the end could make support more widely available.

A lot of mental health activists also promote therapy as a normal thing. They spread the message that going to get help is like going to the doctor to treat a physical wound. More international celebrities have publicly shared their experiences of going through a mental illness through videos or by writing books.

One of the books that talks about these experiences and shares advice is What Is: How Four Questions Can Change Your Life by Byron Katie, a famous American author and writer who, by sharing her experience with mental health, is giving us some tips to outsmart our brain.