World Mental Health Day is celebrated today, on October 10. It is another occasion of raising awareness about diseases, trying to eradicate stigma, and offering support to patients and families. Illnesses affect children, adults and elderly alike, and it is one of the most terrible diagnoses that a doctor can set.
Reports from England show that 2016 was one of the worst time for mental health clinics. They have received no less than two hundred thirty-six thousand young patients so far. Almost twelve thousand of them were under the age of five, which is alarming.
A new survey from the YMCA Newcastle association revealed that young people are ashamed about their mental health problems. Many of them are introverts and don’t dare to speak up about their problems. However, specialists recommend them to do so, as this is World Mental Health Day.
The survey included over two hundred patients aged eleven to twenty-four. Almost forty percent of them said that they were discriminated because of their problems. Many of them also admitted that even the possibility of seeking professional help was a difficult task for them.
One of the first steps in the process of recovery is admitting you have a problem and accept it. Specialists have a piece of advice for both patients and the people surrounding them. First of all, people experiencing mental health problems should open up about it. On the other hand, family and friends must be highly supportive and prevent any stigmatization process.
Specialists say that putting an end to the stigma related to many health problems is a difficult task. They only way they can think of about solving the problem is educating the people about it. People tend to mock things they don’t understand. However, if they are aware of the implication of a mental condition, they would react differently.
Youth organizations and educational institutions are an active part in the process of raising awareness about diseases and fighting stigma. Special associations, teachers and colleagues could be patients’ best friends. What officials say is that it takes mutual effort in order to get to good results. The stakes are high, as the well-being of young people is involved.
World Mental Health Day has been celebrated since 1992. The tradition accounts for institutions’ and specialists’ effort of making a difference. Any small gesture you can do for people in need will help them with their cause.
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