Mental Health

Advocating for Mental Health

It cannot be discounted that many are now raising awareness about how to care for one’s mental health, even to the point of laws being crafted so as to give way to mental wellness and protection for sufferers of mental illness. Celebrities and common people alike have been active in disseminating information on how mental illness can be debilitating both physically and mentally, notwithstanding the effects that may be heaped upon each sufferer’s loved ones. In this way, more and more people are now being briefed into how mental health should be included in both social and academic discourse such that dialogues may eventually be turned into advocacies that cater to thousands–millions, even–who might not have been diagnosed but are struggling to keep themselves intact.

True enough, the context in which mental health ought to be deliberated upon comes at a crucial time where suicide has seen prevalence in many countries which, on the other hand, the realities of such are being shrugged aside and seen as a non-consequence. Of course this is indeed dismal, given that many people’s lives are at stake and where individuals with mental illness have begun to take on a more passive point of view about their maladies to the point of desensitization. It is with this that more and more people with mental health issues do become alienated from the very own societies they live in—whether micro or macro—and this is sometimes aggravated by the very institutions ought to be trusted with, like the church and government.

Therefore, stigma gains ground.

Nevertheless, there are also those who rise above their own ashes and have begun to speak out against a marginalisation of those with mental disorders. The internet has become a most potent platform: blogs tackling once-taboo topics about depression, bipolar disorder, suicide, and others; Facebook including a SOS feature for those who might be posting suicidal thoughts online, Twitter discussions with hashtags related to mental health; and other media worth mentioning. In all these have arisen a global advocacy to speak out against the stigma brought forth by mental illness—something unprecedented, if I should say so. Much has been spoken about in the past with no concrete solutions; but now, as many have started choosing to step up the fight against discrimination heaped upon these persons with disabilities, the global stage has become a venue for change with more and more people coming out to share their inspiring stories of battling it out with their dire circumstances and continuing on with life.

With all these, it could definitely be adjudged that advocacies regarding mental health awareness have set new parameters on how each human person is entitled to his or her own dignity. Inasmuch as mental disorders are technically unseen illnesses, the reality of such are very much tied to the manner in which an average person ought to be treated. Thus, tackling mental health can, in fact, be correlative to each person’s moral obligation especially on how to relate with someone possessing mental illness. More and more repercussions may be beheld in future narratives or discourses about mental health but it is comforting to know that, as of present, lives are now being transformed because of advocacies stemming forth from struggles and the will to survive.

Choleric-melancholic, blogger, teacher, mental health advocate, book lover.

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