World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is approaching, on October 10th, 2021. The world may seem unshapen and cloudy, but there is always something meaningful on the horizon. The current global environment has been tested with division and conflict from all ends.  World Mental Health Day dedicates the vision of healing through an expansive voice.

The stigma surrounding mental health has frustrating consequences, especially as LGBTQ+ and POC are consistently mistreated. Stigmas present in the culture and greater society must change for our existence to breathe without the burdens of feeling incomplete in an indescribable world. 

The government is currently in the process of reforming the Mental Health Act. The NHS Long Term Plan had dedicated to crafting a community model for mental health care. The importance of mental health awareness can not be stressed enough.

Stigmas involving mental health can impact the following:

  • Personal relationships
  • Bullying
  • Difficulty finding work
  • Decreased motivation to seek treatment

What’s The Difference Between Mental Health And Mental Illness?

Mental health can be described as “our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.” This explains how well you feel internally and where it impacts your daily behavior/attitude. It dictates how efficiently you solve problems and make decisions.

Mental Illness can be classified as conditions that affect a person’s feelings, thinking, mood or behavior, according to the CDC. You might be familiar with depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia. There is a common misconception between these two concepts.

The World Health Organization has determined that mental, neurological, and substance use disorders contribute to 10% of the global burden of disease.

What Are Some Common Mental Illnesses?

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), there are nearly 300 mental disorders. Health professionals rely on DSM-5 to help diagnose patients. Mental illnesses crossed borders and cultures. Properly defining a mental illness has been up for debate within the medical community. 

These include:

  • Mood disorders such as depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Trauma-related disorders
  • Substance use disorders

What Is Mental Health Day And How It Benefits The World?

Mental Health Day brings awareness to the complexities and resources for mental health awareness. Nearly 1 billion people have a mental health disorder. Approximately 20% of the world’s children have a mental health disorder. Additionally, close to 3 million people die annually from substance use.

Building literacy involving mental health has been a battle. World Mental Health Day has introduced more eyes from different countries to the slow-changing tides of change. Mental Health Awareness week lasts from October 3-9th. 1 in 20 American adults experiences a serious mental illness, with a suicide happening every 40 seconds.

Mental health news and resources can serve as a launching point for someone’s recovery. The current pandemic has disrupted 93% of the world’s mental health services in contrast to the higher demand.  The global landscape required a harder look at worldwide mental health before Covid-19.

Roughly 70% of countries have adopted telemedicine or teletherapy methods to treat people. According to the WHO, more than 80% of high-income countries have used teletherapy/medicine to meet the increased demands. The WHO has closely monitored the global shift; highlighting countries to allocate resources and services to mental health.

The importance of mental health awareness has transformed into the economic stakes of the world. According to the WHO, the United States loses approximately $1 US trillion annually from anxiety and depression. A study reported that every $1 spent on evidence-based care reaps a return of $5.

Mental health programs worldwide could use a significant boost. The uncertainty, loss, isolation, and fear-mongering that has influenced the world is taking a tremendous toll on society. Underfunding is no longer an excuse considering the social and economic fallout from neglect. 

How Did World Mental Health Begin? 

World Mental Health Day was first observed in 1992, by The World Federation of Mental Health. Deputy Secretary-General Richard Hunter was the person to initiate it. It has solidified the date of October 10th. A global telecast was used during the first few years of the event. It was designed to improve the importance of mental health awareness.

The theme became apparent in 1994 (“Improving the quality of mental health services throughout the world”). Shortly, 27 countries became involved in the campaign. Within a few years, this initiative gained traction throughout the world, with governments and programs being built around World Mental Health Day.

The promotion through language allowed the materials to be more accessible. Mental health news was now available from Arabic to French to Hindi. Each year, a theme would be chosen to highlight a topic. World Mental Health Day began to stretch beyond the scheduled day. World Mental Health Day has increased the chances of reestablishing a new order for mental health awareness and treatment.

What Is The Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan?

The WHOs endorsed the 2013-2020 Comprehensive Mental Health Action plan has been designed to increase the accessibility of mental health treatment at all levels. This includes materials and guides to resources if you know someone struggling with mental health issues. The importance of mental health awareness extends throughout all ages and backgrounds.

During the 66th World Health Assembly, 194 Ministers of Health enabled the WHOs Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan in May 2013. The plan was extended in 2019, with further expansions in 2021. This incorporates promoting mental health, preventing mental health conditions, and updating resources.

The main goals of the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan include:

  • More effective leadership and governance for mental health
  • Providing comprehensive and integrated mental health care
  • Including social care services in community-based environments
  • Implementing strategies for promotion and prevention
  • Strengthening systems, evidence, and research

How Does Mental Stigma Affect People?

Mental health stigma is a topic that lingers in the discussions for those who need help. Mental health treatment has become more accessible throughout the past few years. Online counseling and telehealth services have introduced a floodgate of new patients who are a step closer to healing.

According to the CDC, roughly 33-65% of people with mental illness report feeling that their condition was understood by others. A stigma can be described as an incorrect notion that a person carries, which can be believed by many others. You might have experienced a passive-aggressive comment at school or a coworker that is unable to perceive your illness as legitimate.

Many stereotypes swim throughout the media, conversation, and misrepresentations in professional environments. It’s vital to understand the language used to describe individuals with mental illness. 

Terms such as “You’re crazy” or “Psycho” doesn’t deliver the justice to describe this experience. Societal influences have spread throughout the ages. These stereotypes can present drastic effects on those with these conditions, deepening the pain of these illnesses.

Unfortunately, this outlook can be a conscious one, as a way to strip the humanity of the person with a mental illness. You can’t shrug off major depression or bipolar disorder. This misunderstanding of mental illness can affect those who wish to seek treatment. Discovering mental health resources could be the breaking point for someone on the tail side of their condition. 

What makes these conversations more difficult is recognizing that mental illness is not always visible. Mental illness still has a variety of vague pockets that medical professionals are still working on. The chemical messengers that inspire activity in the brain are not fully understood, which makes crafting empathy a bit more challenging.

What Are The Treatment Options For Mental Illness?

World Mental Health Day aims to highlight the importance of seeking help for your mental health conditions. There isn’t a true one size fits all treatment for mental health issues. Choosing the right mixture of treatments is vital to your recovery. There are improved outcomes for those who specialize in the care they intend to receive. 

Educating yourself about your mental health condition will only encourage proper action. With advancements in medications and therapies, a person does not have to suffer from mental health conditions.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is an evidence-based approach to identify and treat patients with mental health issues. It is designed to help you pinpoint the relationships between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. A patient can anticipate therapeutic options that merge with their form of illness such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming).

Medication/Alternative Medicine

Medication will not be the single solution for mental illness. However, the updates in medication for mental health issues have promising results. Medication is usually paired with psychotherapy, to enrich the treatment outcomes. 

Medications can be used to treat the symptoms inspired by the condition such as anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia. These medications could include Ritalin, Zoloft, and lithium.

Alternative medicines and therapies are available. It’s critical to research the medicine and practitioners of these alternative options. There are no universally accepted guidelines for these medicines and therapies. The evidence of successful outcomes requires additional research.

Case Management

You can be assigned a case manager to iron out the details of your case. They can provide a plan and strategies to encourage your recovery. A case manager is often more discreet and can provide insight into your journey.

Hospitalization

Depending on the severity of your case, a hospitalization program for mental health is not uncommon. You may be required to be monitored and medications administered to keep track of your progress. Mental health conditions can worsen without proper care and guidance.

Support Group

Support groups are a welcome tool for those seeking understanding from multiple perspectives. A support group is a meeting where members coach each other to achieve their recovery goals. One of the benefits of support groups is how varied each one can be, focusing on specific issues to address.

Self Help

Depending on the severity of your case, a self-help plan can be used towards recovery. You can expect to address your condition and devise a plan to overcome it. You’ll have to dig deep and remain motivated to recover through addressing your triggers, overall wellness, and warning signs. 

What Are The Benefits Of Mental Health Therapy?

Psychotherapy has become a significant resource for mental health. Even if you don’t struggle with mental illness, it’s worth trying to discover parts of yourself.

  • Psychotherapy can reduce symptoms and enrich your physical health
  • Therapy can guide your developing passion, productivity, and balance
  • Therapists are third-parties that can provide options and non-judgmental support
  • Therapy can improve your interpersonal relationships
  • Building self-esteem and confidence through speech
  • Therapists can help you with setting goals
  • Therapy can help relieve symptoms such as migraines and reduction in digestive problems

Discover Wellness At Sana Lake BWC

For such a vital part of your human experience, mental health issues can often become neglected. Wellness should come in all shapes and forms to heal every fiber of a patient’s being. Sana Lake works to engage you in this journey towards an alternative lifestyle. If your or a loved one is struggling with addiction, contact us today.