As a country and a global community we have accomplished a lot of good. We have cured diseases, put people on the moon, and strived for gender and racial equality but the one area we have failed to make a difference in is mental health issues. Mental health is an area that is plagued by stigmas and lack of education. The very phrase “mental health” causes people to jump to conclusions. They either think of a loved one, a bad experience, or a stigma they have formed. My goal through this blog is to alter this first thought. My goal is to educate and create an open discussion that will change the way our American and global society views and treats those affected by mental health issues.
First off before I go any further I want to define what are mental health issues. The World Health Organization(WHO) defines mental health as a “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.” When one has mental health issues their ability to reach that state of well-being that is jeopardized by genes, biology, environment, or lifestyle (Mental Health America).
Another aspect of mental health that I will cover in this blog is developmental disorders. This categorizing aspect of developmental disorders is widely debated because some organizations and government agencies accept as being under mental health while others do not. For the sake of this blog I will consider it under the umbrella term mental health because I believe it is also a topic the general public is widely uneducated on and that it holds a stigma as well.
I hope that you enjoy reading about this blog as much as I will enjoy writing this. If you have any questions feel free to reach out or comment. Also I will be researching all my claims but if you notice any mistake or have a suggestion let me know. One thing is for sure and that is that I am excited to take a step in advocating for change in an area that affects one in four adults (WHO).