Mental Health Awareness Month – the need to do more


Welcome to the month of May. It is the mental health awareness month!

The media reports about rising suicide rates should be an issue of concern both to the government, corporate bodies and individuals. Not many countries all over the world are left out of the global menace. Do you also consider the prevalence of depression and autism spectrum disorders worrying?  May is mental health awareness month, what will you do to contribute to the awareness?

Despite the wide spread of mental illness, mental health is often overlooked. Or, at the best, it is not given the degree of attention that it actually deserves.

What is Mental Health?

Mental health is the ability to deal with thoughts, emotions and people. It is about whether someone can save himself in many situations. For this skill, different names exist, such as psychic health, well-being, mental fitness or mental ability.

Mental health is part of health in general. Someone in good mental health has found a balance between different aspects of his life: emotionally, physically, socially, economically, psychologically, … In other words, being mentally healthy is not that easy. Everyone in his life sometimes has a situation that distorts this balance.

When is someone mentally healthy? A possible answer is, “If he has no psychological complaints.” This answer is not altogether very correct. It seems that people also need positive features to be described as mentally healthy. It is for example about having:

  • perseverance
  • hope
  • optimism
  • think positive
  • Can enjoy
  • Self-confidence

 

How Prevalent is mental illness?

Mental health problems are common and on the increase. It is manifest in various forms such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, dementia, schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimer, bipolar, Phobias, ADHD?

About 42.5 million American adults (or 18.2 percent of the total adult population in the United States) suffers from some mental illness, enduring conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.The situation is not different internationally. A reasonable number of the population suffers from anxiety feelings,  sleep problems,  depressive feelings. A significant number of people have been seriously committed to suicide in their lives while some have already tried to commit suicide at one point or the other.

Mental health awareness month: let’s talk about it

Mental health awareness month: call to action
Mental health awareness month: call to action

There are many misconceptions about mental health problems. Just like physical illnesses, anyone can get psychological problems, regardless of intelligence, social class or income. It should be noted that mental illness has nothing to do with weakness or lack of willpower. Prejudices and taboos about mental health problems are, however, long standing in most parts of the world. People with mental health problems do not tend to talk about it, as this is just the first step to prevent problems or to get closer to a solution. This mental health awareness month, let us do a little more to create much more awareness all over the world.

Beyond talking about it in order to create awareness, mental health awareness month should be a time to increase empathy and assist the multitude in need of help. To a reasonable extent, the availability of the complete nutrients needed by the body enables it to function optimally. This in turn helps optimize mental focus and health. This is where Trevo comes in! With it 174 best products from all over the globe, it is your best bet for optimal health. More information about Trevo and its role in your overall well-being is readily available. Check it out now!

Uche Egbuna

Uche Egbuna is author, health and wellness coach and has passion for healthy living, wellness, wealth, food, eating right. He is the author of the book: Eating Right, Your#1 Key to Healing and Health. I am passionate about seeing you enjoy wellness! Get free access now to my 14 Healthy Lifestyle Rules that will soar your health.

One thought on “Mental Health Awareness Month – the need to do more

  • May 13, 2017 at 9:56 pm
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    Truly there is need to do more. The rate of suicide is becoming alarming.

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