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When it comes to having an adequate and in-depth understanding of different aspects of overall health, it is more than fair to say that mental health is the most significantly misunderstood and misrepresented aspect of fashion there is. While physical health has been given considerable attention and action over the years, mental health has consistently found itself being largely ignored in favour of physical health. Perhaps the most obvious reason for this is the significant difference in capability to diagnose and treat physical health issues, owing to the fact that they are often (if not always, in some cases) obvious to the naked eye. Mental health struggles, on the other hand, are nearly always (again, if not always) internal struggles, making them difficult to notice and diagnose accordingly. Even so, mental health is just as important as physical health – if not more so – and it is about high time that the world started to pay adequate attention to that fact. And we have begun to see genuine movements in recent years towards remedying that truth, but there is still a long way to go.

Mental health has now reached epidemic crisis levels around the world, and it is an issue that continues to persist. While mental health struggles impact more people than one would perhaps think, there is still an unhealthy attitude towards mental health that has created a sense of loneliness and helplessness in those suffering. Mental health does not discriminate; it can and does affect anyone, anywhere, anytime, anyplace. And amid the rising percentages of self-harm and suicide of those who suffer with the weight of their mental health, it is more important than ever that a healthier approach is finally put into consistent and ongoing action. Because those who struggle with their mental health are made to feel like it is a behavioural issue, like it is a problem only they should care about, they often feel isolated and more alone than ever, at a time where realistically, they are more in need of assistance than ever. That is the truth. Too many people suffering with their own mental state are suffering, even dying, and the tide must change. Lives literally depend on it.

Treatments for mental health come in all different shapes and sizes these days, and thankfully we are seeing the attitude towards mental health finally begin to shift. More awareness is key, and this has been the pivotal turning point for mental health and those who struggle with their own mental state. Even still, getting to the point of access to treatment is a process of trial and error for many. For some people, natural treatments to their mental health struggles are their chosen avenue for assistance and coping (think different types of marijuana, or meditation or yoga, for example), while others are prescribed chemically-based medications if they seek help. For many, they treat themselves, often with dangerous and even deadly “treatments” that are anything but healthy for their systems and their mental state. And it certainly does not help that the stigma surrounding mental health has created a negative approach to mental health across the board. It is an attitude towards the core aspect of overall health that is not only unhealthy, but definitively damaging – sometimes even proving to be fatal, in the most intense cases.

The rising death toll of individuals suffering with their mental health is staggering, and it is an issue that persists all over the world. It seems that, no matter where in the world one lives, there is a definitive sense of disassociation with one’s mental state that spirals out of control all too often. Now, we are beginning to see a more honest, open, supportive, and understanding approach to mental health that is slowly but surely changing the tides and creating a more positively healthy approach to mental health across the board. It is a tidal change that, at the end of the day, is long overdue, but as the saying goes, “it is better late than never”. In a world where people are losing their lives all too often, seemingly constantly,  and all around the globe, it is more crucial than ever that we work to establish healthier and more consistent approaches to mental health that encourage and reassure those suffering of the supportive community that will be ready and willing to embrace and assist them, whenever they are ready to reach out and ask for it.

Understanding mental health is something that, unfortunately, has been largely underestimated over the years. We live in a modern world where physical health struggles are becoming more and more familiar and thus more understood, but mental health is still very much misunderstood and misrepresented not only in the media, but in real time around the world. Mental health struggles are more challenging to notice, much less diagnose, because not only are they often (if not always) internally battled, but they are surrounded by so much negative stigma, that those who suffer mentally often (again, if not always) internalise their issues to the point of self-destruction, rather than actively and consistently reaching out to get the assistance they genuinely need to help them battle the demons they are facing. These days, there is slow but steady progress towards helping to right this ship, but it is an ongoing process. There is still a long way to go, but finally we are seeing positive steps in the right direction that are beginning to close the gap, helping to create a more positive approach to mental health for the future generations to come.

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