As this post goes live, today is World Mental Health Day. World Mental Health Day is a day for raising awareness of mental health globally and advocating against the stigma surrounding mental health. For each World Mental Health Day there is a different theme, and this year’s theme is young people and mental health in a changing world. Knowing that World Mental Health Day is fast approaching, I couldn’t let the day go by without contributing to the day with a blog post in order to help raise awareness.
In today’s society there are a lot of pressure and expectations on young poeple from various sources in their life. As I just linked, this is actually something that I discussed in a blog post just over a year ago now and I still stand by the things that I said in that post.
In my experience, I feel as though there’s a lot of pressure to do well in exams and to then follow the path of completing a degree and so on as a young person, when this shouldn’t be the case. Young people are faced with a huge amount of pressure to get the best grades and go to university, when in fact all of this pressure can be damaging for people’s mental health. I did well academically and it’s something that I am proud of, but my mental health definitely paid a price for it.
As the statistic shows below, it’s shocking to see just how large the percentage of mental health disorders appearing before the age of 24 is.
With this in mind, it’s important that we should allow an open discussion about mental health without any judgement. It’s important to encourage people to talk and support people in receiving the necessary support in order to help them.
We need to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. We need to encourage people to talk more. We need to support people with mental health issues.
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