RISE OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES: The mental health crisis we are facing and why

RISE OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES: The mental health crisis we are facing and why

The rise of mental health issues in society is a significant concern that has gained increased attention in recent years specifically after the Covid 19 Pandemic. There are significant rises in cases of depression, anxiety, social anxiety and suicide due to the pandemic the world has faced however, there are also several factors contributing to this upward trend and not all are negative. I will dive into some factors below,

  1. Increased awareness and reduced stigma: There has been a positive shift in societal attitudes towards mental health, with more people feeling comfortable discussing their struggles openly. This change has encouraged individuals to seek help and receive appropriate treatment. The Mindset Movement is massive however make sure to think critically about the information you are taking in, about the self diagnosis people run. 
  2. Changing societal pressures: Modern society places significant demands and pressures on individuals, including academic, professional, and social expectations. These pressures can lead to stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues. When was the last time you asked why am I doing this? and for whom? it is important to make sure the life you live is one you want and not one you just fell into through "societal/cultural norms"
  3. Technological advancements and social media: While technology has many benefits, excessive use of social media and constant connectivity can negatively impact mental health. Social media can contribute to feelings of loneliness, comparison, and a fear of missing out (FOMO), leading to increased stress and anxiety. It is also the key contributor to impulsivity, avoidance, escapism and low self esteem managing social media healthily is a must.
  4. Lifestyle changes: Changes in lifestyle patterns, such as unhealthy behaviour, poor diet, lack of sleep, can contribute to mental health problems like depression and anxiety especially when there are no healthy coping mechanisms in place.

So how can you help in this mental health crisis?

Promoting mental health awareness: Continued efforts to educate the public, reduce stigma, and promote mental health literacy are crucial. Don't diminish the effectiveness of a simple conversation! It is your duty to share the knowledge you have with others, you could say something that gives them the hope they needed. Implementing preventive measures is key as early intervention and prevention strategies can help identify and address mental health issues before they escalate. This includes promoting healthy coping mechanisms, stress management, and resilience-building programs. Joining community events, workshops, reading a book or taking a class and also sharing all those with others is what it is about! PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE.

Now when was the last time you asked yourself if you are ok, let alone someone else? 

Please feel free to reach out to me if you are struggling with anything of the above, you are not alone and do not need to struggle in silence.

Stay curious, Jassmine.

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