Based on studies done across the world, it’s safe to say that at least one in every four individuals may experience trouble with mental illness.
We can all agree that it is a well-known topic but unfortunately, it’s still shrouded by stigma and various misconceptions.
Over the years more steps have been made by the World Health Organization (WHO) in an attempt to properly educate people as it regards to mental illness. With this in mind, they made October 10th World Mental Health Day, and it is aimed at providing resourceful information that will hopefully change our misconceptions on the subject.
Strangely enough, there are people who believe that mental illness is a choice of some sort or that it indicates a lack of willpower. These frustrating misconceptions are exemplified best in the comic known as “Helpful Advice” by comic artist Robot Hugs. In this particular comic, the characters depict the absurd notion of giving advice to persons suffering from physical illness. This is in no way suggesting that advice isn’t a good thing – quite the opposite actually. However, at the same time, it’s highly unlikely that you would tell a person with two broken legs “you have to work harder so you can fix them.” With all things considered, the bottom line remains that mental illnesses don’t choose who they affect. It doesn’t care what you did or the type of person you are.
According to various sources, the general pattern of an individual suffering from mental illness is usually depicted as a person who prefers to stay at home all day and sever themselves from society. However, when we see these people on the daily basis, they seem to have the broadest smiles and everything working in their favor. On the contrary, it could be just their way of masking a much larger issue and this is why several cases of mental illness go undetected and unsettled.
This begs the question of what we can do to help as individuals. Changing the general perception of the topic is one important factor. So if you or anyone you may know is suffering from mental health complications, there are several Avenues by which you can seek help. Have a talk with a friend, make an appointment with your doctor, or do your own research. The more you know about it, the more you can do about it.