What Happened to Continuing the Discussion on Better Mental Health?
By Space Coast Daily // January 21, 2020
Between the years of 2016 and 2018, a great deal of discussion was being had regarding the state of mental health. This led to some pretty impressive improvements in the world of mental health.
Unfortunately, in 2019 and from what we’ve seen about 2020, less and less people seem to be talking about mental health problems.
In this article we’ll discuss why mental health discussions have begun to change the world of mental health, and why it’s important that people continue these discussions.
What Were These Mental Health Discussions About?
Mental health used to be a fairly taboo topic. A century ago, mental health problems would only be discussed by those who were seriously ill. Men, especially, would be considered weak or judged if they opened up about problems such as anxiety.
For the last 20-30 years, the taboo against mental health has slowly been dissolving. The years between 2016-2018, however, were revolutionary.
Huge numbers of people began to openly discuss mental health problems, helping to erode the stigma and promote more awareness of the issue.
Even celebrities started to come out about their mental health issues. People like Mariah Carey and Lady Gaga opened up about their struggles with mental health.
These admissions – and those of many other celebrities – have encouraged fans across the world to acknowledge that it’s actually okay to open up about mental health problems. If their favourite celebrities could do it, then they could, too!
It wasn’t celebrities that were talking about mental health disorders, either. Employers and employees across the globe have been having more open-ended discussions about mental health, and more employees are recognizing the importance of having a workforce that can remain in stable mental health.
The Effect of Mental Health Discussions
These discussions have started bridging the gap between treatments and individuals who are in need of them. Whereas several decades ago, the idea of discussing mental health treatments in the workplace might have started a controversy, nowadays it is commonplace.
Schools are also beginning to recognize the importance of mental health care for their students. Schools and universities with high-quality mental health care were praised, and schools that neglected the mental health of their students were reprimanded. This has spurred schools to improve their mental health programs.
Why Discussions Have Slowed and Why It’s Important to Continue Them
Unfortunately, over the last year, mental health care discussions seem to have dwindled. Whereas mental health topics were often seen in mainstream media headlines, nowadays, excluding a few industry specific mental health websites such as E-counseling, they are far and few in between.
There are a number of reasons that this may have happened.
One of the reasons for this is because people seem to think that these discussions have not actually improved mental health. Mental health funding in many areas has been increased due to these discussions, however, the statistics seem not to have improved.
However, one of the reasons that mental health statistics have not improved is because more and more people are comfortable coming out about their mental health problems. More people are being treated and their conditions are improving, however, statistics remain the same because others are now recognizing their issues and seeking help for them.
It’s important that these discussions continue because they bring a greater awareness to mental health problems across the globe. With more awareness comes more solutions, and with more solutions comes an improvement to the overall mental health problem.
Mental health discussions were frequent in the mainstream media outlets, online, and in workplaces during 2016-2018, but recently these discussions have dwindled.
It’s important that we keep these discussions happening, however, because they can help to improve the mental health situation worldwide.
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