When it comes to our physical health, we are always mindful of taking a proactive approach. If we’re worried about a weird lump or bump, we head straight for the doctors. If our cold has gone on a bit too long, we make an appointment ASAP. If we’ve got strange symptoms, we make sure to speak to a medical professional.
However, when it comes to our mental health, far too many of us are ignoring it and not taking mental health problems seriously. The question is, why are we not taking mental health problems seriously? Why are we happy to see the doctor about anything else, but when it comes to mental health problems we’re not so keen?
It’s time to delve a little deeper and discover why so many people are ignoring their mental health needs. For everything that you need to know, read on.
It’s not as important as physical health
There is a common misconception that your mental health isn’t as important as your physical health when that isn’t true. A lot of people have the mindset that a mental health condition can’t kill you, whereas a physical problem can. However, the fact is that mental health problems do cause deaths when not properly dealt with, so mental health problems should be taken just as seriously as physical complaints. People who suffer from conditions like bipolar disorder and depression often have suicidal thoughts, which can lead to them trying to hurt themselves in some way. That’s why, when you feel like something isn’t quite right, it’s so important to get help.
Talking about mental health can be embarrassing
A lot of people are labouring under the misapprehension that talking about mental health can be awkward and embarrassing. There’s that fear of being judged for how you are feeling, which can put a lot of people off of getting help. The good news is that a lot of employers are now offering their employees mental health support and care, which challenges the stereotype that talking about mental health is awkward and embarrassing. Companies like Health Assured’s offers a CISM programme which includes debriefing, defusing, crisis management briefing, and critical incident adjustment support. Studies have shown that when people have access to this kind of support while at work (or from anywhere), it encourages them to seek help, should they feel that they need it.
There’s not enough support available
Talking about mental health support, another reason that a lot of people don’t take their mental health seriously is because there’s not enough support available. Sure, there are specialist centres where you can go to get support, but overall there’s not enough support available. A lot of doctors don’t have the adequate training to be able to help someone suffering from mental health problems, which makes it even harder for people to get the support that they need.
The fact is that a lot of people ignore their mental health, which means that they are putting their wellbeing at risk. The main reasons that so many of us are not making our mental health a priority is because we feel embarrassed to talk about it and often don’t access to adequate support.