10 Facts About Mental Health And What You Should Do!

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Its mental health week and the internet is agog with different views on mental health and coping with it. I believe a lot of us has been faced with mental health issues at one point or the other in our lives.

Your mental health is a sum total of your psychological and emotional well being

The status of your mental health/well being is not something to be ashamed of but rather should be talked about and shared as talking and sharing will go a long way to helping you cope.

What Is Mental Health?

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Mental health is a sum total of your psychological and behavioral well being. It is a person's condition as regards their psychological and emotional well being. Simply put, mental health is an absence of mental illnesses.

Hiding Mental Health Status

I think striking a balance between your psychological and emotional well being could be difficult if one is being faced with a lot of personal issues but it is ideal you do. Your mental health and well being will ultimately determine the quality of life you live.

Years ago, while at the university, I used the services of a male stylist who was so gifted and talented, the way he ended shook the town where I lived.

There was no hairstyle this guy couldn't handle. The babes that were the creme de la creme of the town, lined up to have their hair done by him. He was always fully booked and you are lucky if you go without an appointment and you get attended to. He was that good.

Monday (that was his name), was a jovial, fast-talking smallish guy. Aside from being a great hair stylist, he was also a good joker. He would make clients laugh nonstop (well unless you are the type that is difficult to please lol). The time just goes and then voila, you are all done and looking all glam!

I felt the guy had everything going well for him, his life mapped out with him going high and mighty places with his talent and good relation skills or so I thought not until I went home from a school holiday and was told he committed suicide! He hung himself! On a ceiling fan!

It was crazy and so sad. His death was discussed along the breadth and length of the town, and of course, even those that didn't know him nor have any personal contacts with him whatsoever, had one or two, two cents juicy stories to tell!

The long and short of the whole sad incident was that Monday had some psychological and emotional problems that led to him taking his own life. Rather than seek help, he took an alternative route!

Don't go there. Please! Your life is worth more than any issues you are going through right now. It is a phase and it will pass. Trust me!

Early Signs of Mental Disorders

Sadly though, suicidal thoughts and suicide are one of the common problems of people suffering from one form or the other.

Early warning signs of mental disorders include the following, eating or sleeping too much or too little, thoughts of harming oneself and others, abuse of drugs and alcohol, hearing voices in your head, feeling numb and like as if nothing matters, severe mood swings, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness to mention but a few.

Importance Of Mental Health

The importance of mental health cannot be overemphasized. Seeing as it involves our emotional, psychological and social well being, it affects how we think, feel and act.

The level of our mental health determines how we react to situations and the choices we make in life.

This is why it is important to strike a balance so as to maintain positive mental health at all times.

The 10 Facts About Mental Health

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has extensively researched the issue of mental health and have come up with facts associated with it. These facts are built around the leading causes of mental illness as well as its effects.

  • Fact 1: 20% of the world's children and adolescents have mental disorders or problems. Now that is a huge percent of the population to be worried about! Half of the mental disorders begin before the age of 14 according to WHO stats.
  • Fact 2: Mental and substance use disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide.Your mental health is crucial to achieving your goals and living the life you deserve! Click To Tweet
  • Fact 3: About 800,000 people commit suicide every year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among persons between the ages of 15 and 29. Mental disorders play a huge role in these statistics.
  • Fact 4: War and disaster have a large impact on mental health and psychosocial well being. This, therefore, mean that war-torn countries have a higher rate of mental illnesses in relation to where there is peace.
  • Fact 5: Mental disorders are important risk factors for other diseases as well as unintentional and intentional injury. What this means that mental disorders increase the risk of getting ill from other diseases such as HIV, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and vice versa.
  • Fact 6: Stigma and discrimination against patients and families prevent people from seeking mental health care. Despite the existence of treatment for mental disorders, there's a general misunderstanding that they are untreatable. This has led to a general stigma on people with mental disorders. Stigmatization can lead to abuse, rejection, and isolation thereby complicating issues, further.
  • Fact 7:  Human rights violations of people with mental and psychosocial disability are routinely reported in most countries. Very few countries have a legal framework that adequately protects the rights of people with mental disorders. 
  • Fact 8: Globally, there is a huge inequality in the distribution of skilled human resources for mental health. Shortages of psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, psychologists, and social workers are amongst the barriers to providing treatment in low and middle-income countries 
  • Fact 9: There are 5 key barriers to increasing mental health services. These barriers include the absence of mental health from the public health agenda & implication for funding, the current organization of mental health services, lack of integration within primary care, inadequate human resources for mental health and lack of public mental health leadership.
  • Fact 10: Financial resources to increase services are relatively modest.

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7 Things: What To Do About Your Mental Health

Dealing and ensuring that you continually ensure a positive mental health status involves a combination of lifestyle changes. These could include but not limited to the following:

  • Getting professional help if you need it. Often times, we want to bottle up a lot of things inside of us instead of speaking out and this ultimately leads to stress and affects our mental well being. When you think you are experiencing any form of mental health challenges, seek help!
  • Connecting with others. For a while now, I prefer my own company but that in itself can be injurious to health. No one is an island, it is not the way of things. Constantly connect with people. Of course, on a positive level.
  • Keeping it positive at all times. Look up, look ahead. Try as much as possible to take the positives out of every situation. This helps you to be balanced. I did a whole blog post on positive daily affirmations that you can read HERE to help you on this.
  • Getting enough sleep. For someone like me that has insomnia, this is not a small feat but I do and practice a number of things to make me get enough sleep. Sleep is good for the mind and is essential to have positive mental health.
  • Getting physically active. I have recently started exercising again and it is a good feeling. You always feel good after a very good workout session and its relevance to your mental health cannot be overemphasized.
  • Helping others. I cannot advocate for this enough. What the world need is love and one way you can show love is by helping others. This is one of those things you do that gives you a perpetual feeling of goodness deep inside of you. You know what translates to. Positive mental health.
  • Development of coping skills. One of the big culprits of mental disorder is stress and stress usually happens when we do not have coping skills to deal with things happening around us. Look for things that you can do, that will relieve you of stress. My blog post on Stress Management will give you great insight on how to manage stress and ultimately help you maintain positive mental health status.

To further protect your mental health and wellbeing, check out these self-care blog posts to help you on the journey

The Importance Of Self Love

101 Powerful Affirmations: Your Ultimate Guide To A Superb Life!

10 Good Habits That Will Completely Transform Your Life!

The Ultimate Productivity Bundle

Amazing Ways to Simplify Your Life

5 Positive Affirmations That Will Change Your Life

There you have it. Facts and what to do about mental health. How do you strike a balance that works for your mental health? Please share your tips on maintaining positive mental health. I look forward to hearing from you! Don't forget to share! Thank you! 

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43 Comments

  1. July 30, 2019 / 11:14 am

    Mental health is an important topic to look at and this is really helpful thank you for sharing

    • July 30, 2019 / 5:35 pm

      You are welcome and thanks for taking the time to read!

  2. jimmy
    July 25, 2019 / 6:06 pm

    very interesting article thanks for sharing

  3. July 25, 2019 / 5:16 pm

    Thank you for this post! Number 6 is so spot on. I personally wish our health care system allowed for a mental health check-up the way it allows for other routine doctor checkups. It is okay to talk to somebody, but the stigma in our society does quite often prevent it. Back in the day the pastor/priest/father of the church in small-town communities often acted as a counselor, and it was okay to speak with him! Just the simple act of getting supportive listening is very helpful.

    • July 25, 2019 / 6:25 pm

      Ashley, I feel you because, from your comments alone, I can see this is a topic close to your heart! Yes, having a supportive friend and listener helps a great deal and a pastor would fit into that description. Health care systems need more trained persons on mental health/issues and that is where mental health check-ups will now factor in. There is a lot going on about mental health and I believe things will get progressively better!

  4. Samantha
    July 25, 2019 / 3:32 pm

    Great tips on how to find help if you need it and the impact it can have on you if you don’t get the help you need.

  5. July 25, 2019 / 3:08 pm

    This is really great because I have many family members and friends suffering with mental illnesses. Seeking help is a must is you feel alone and in a dark place. And also like you said, sleep is a big one!

    • July 25, 2019 / 6:29 pm

      The stats speak and I hope more gets done about mental health (actually there is lots of work ongoing). The world needs a lot of healing!

  6. July 25, 2019 / 12:30 pm

    Thanks for writing about mental health. It’s a very important topic. You have a lot of great information here!

    • July 25, 2019 / 12:44 pm

      Thanks, Tiffany! Yes I do agree it is an important topic and thanks for finding time to read!

  7. July 14, 2019 / 1:26 pm

    HI Jennifer,
    Mental health is such a taboo subject for so many people yet it affects our lives in every way. I am a firm believer in body, mind, & spirit all work together and one is not well – nothing in our body can function to our fullest. We seem to shy away from talking about it and seemed to be ashamed of any trpe of mental issues or problem but yet when someone is sick otherwise its accepted without any shame. When we are sick whether mental, emotionally or physically we need help. Your article shows great insight into mental illness and is very well written. I love your tips on how manage our mental state – very insiteful and I believe they work very well for most people. Thanks for sharing. Have a healthy, happy & blessed day.

    • July 17, 2019 / 7:53 am

      Thanks, Marla for your comments. Your blog does show that you are a firm believer in the workings of the body, mind, and spirit and yes, I do agree that when one isn’t functioning well, it spells trouble. I hope we get to the point where we can openly talk about mental illnesses and problems without the fear that we will be ostracized, literally! Thanks for reading and do enjoy the rest of the week!

  8. July 13, 2019 / 12:46 am

    Such a well researched post Jennifer! What a tragic story. I sadly have lost loved ones to the same fate. The statistics are shocking aren’t they? I think your points are right on target with the sleep, exercise and especially helping others. Not only does it make you feel good , but it takes the focus off of yourself. I think that is a big issue with anxiety. It’s so easy to keep thinking about the problem or concern , but when we look outward it can take the anxiety away and shift our focus:)

    • July 13, 2019 / 8:29 am

      Thanks, Nicole. Yes, it is tragic and the statistics are shocking, to say the least! I wrote this last year and decided to repurpose it and republish it! I am sorry you have lost loved ones to mental illness! It can be daunting and yes anxiety is a big part of it. I believe there needs to be more awareness on the issue of mental health and wellbeing. It will help a lot.

  9. July 12, 2019 / 9:42 pm

    Such a wonderful and well-researched post. I wasn’t aware of the fact that 20% of children and teenagers have mental health disorders! That seems like a lot more than I would have guessed after you take out generic teenage angst and feeling misunderstood. For 20% to actually medically have mental health conditions is shocking!

    Thank you for sharing this and raising awareness around mental health. As an avid member of the mental health community, I thank you so, so much.

    • July 13, 2019 / 8:32 am

      Thank you Nyxie! When I was doing the research, I was also shocked by the stats. I initially set out to do something different on mental health but then when I saw the stats, I thought I should just do the facts thing you know. We all need to get the message out there as we can and thanks for reading Nyxie. I know mental health is an issue close to your heart and it shows on your blog!

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  11. Anonymous
    October 8, 2018 / 2:54 pm

    Great piece, highly informative. About 800,000 people commit suicide every year? That gives me a deep thought.
    Love is the key…it is integral , loving yourself and loving others in words and deeds.
    As mentioned, Exercise is great; it is an antidote to some sort of depression, weight gain, sadness , mental imbalance. It should not be underestimated. At times it cures what medicine can not.
    Seeing movie also helps , most especially movies that are focused on what one is going through at the moment.
    Well done!

    • October 8, 2018 / 3:03 pm

      Thank you! Your name didn’t show but I do appreciate your comment! Have a pleasant week!

  12. ChiCity
    October 8, 2018 / 1:56 pm

    Great piece, highly informative. About 800,000 people commit suicide every year? That gives me a deep thought.
    Love is the key…it is integral , loving yourself and loving others in words and deeds.
    As mentioned, Exercise is great; it is an antidote to some sort of depression, weight gain, sadness , mental imbalance. It should not be underestimated. At times it cures what medicine can not.
    Seeing movie also helps , most especially movies that are focused on what one is going through at the moment.
    Well done!

    • October 8, 2018 / 3:08 pm

      I see it is you City. Your name didn’t appear in the initial comment. Thanks for your contribution. You are appreciated! Do have a pleasant week.

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  19. September 22, 2018 / 12:59 pm

    Mental health issues are one of the every day challenges we face as humans.

    Striking a balance between mental and emotional well being will help every individual in leading a fulfilled life.

    Thanks for the update

  20. September 22, 2018 / 12:15 pm

    This is really helpful. So many of us have friends or family members who suffer. This is a good introduction to help build understanding.

  21. May 29, 2018 / 1:51 am

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  22. May 28, 2018 / 4:52 pm

    There is so much great info here. I am so glad you mentioned the importance of giving love. It takes us out if ourselves and is its own healer!

  23. May 28, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing this article! I personally started giving a lot more attention to my mental and physical health a few years ago, when I finally realized that I struggle with anxiety. And it wasn’t until I started reading more about it and listening to other people’s experiences online. I was tired of feeling like that and decided to implement some life changes (less drinking, exercising regularly, eating healthily, etc.). It has really helped, but I have to keep consciously making time for balance.
    It was very helpful to read all of these statistics and to know that I’m not alone!

    • May 28, 2018 / 4:46 pm

      You are not alone Erica. I do suffer bouts of anxiety too. You are already on the journey for balance so keep it up! Thanks for joining the conversation!

  24. May 27, 2018 / 4:52 pm

    That’s a really well written and complete article. Thanks a lot for taking the time to write on such an important topic!

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