Mental Health NOT Mental Illness

Mental health, not to be mistaken for mental illness, includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

(Image taken from BBC)

Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

  • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, like trauma or abuse and,
  • Family history of mental health problems

Its 2018, time to hug our stigmas, inhale our beautiful differences and exhale our prejudices.

The warning signs to look out for, as we watch out for each other in 2018 and going ever forward;

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  • Pulling away from people and usual activities
  • Having low or no energy
  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  • Having unexplained aches and pains
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
  • Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
  • Yelling or fighting with family and friends
  • Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
  • Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
  • Thinking of harming yourself or others
  • Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school

These are not the only warning signs, but they should be more than helpful indicators to our brothers and sisters mental state. Instead of just watching them and hoping they “get over it”, we can show concern by talking with them, just shutting up and listening (sometimes nothing we say can help and they just need to be shown love).

(Postive Mental Health)

Assuming its witchcraft or that the person will simply grow out of it, is simply ludicrous. This isn’t a race thing, we as people go through similar stresses and some of our back stories are truly traumatic, instead of hostility and fear leading us into the future. Lets learn how best we can be of help to those around us, even if not related by blood.

It takes a village to raise a child – Anonymously African

How to be of effective help, I can’t say no do I want to give you a step by step guide, that will come in another more specific article. However, I am of the idea that love should lead us in making choices that will benefit us and all those whose lives are difficult. I may not know you but we are all in this life boat together, should you want someone to talk with or hold your hand as we go get professional help, I’m willing to lend myself to us becoming more healthy together. Get in touch with me;

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