What is mental health? Mental health relates to our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Who is mental health support for? Mental health support likewise is for everyone. It can be to a child that struggles with learning, a CEO who has difficulties making decisions, someone who has difficulties raising their opinion, someone shy to ask questions, someone to make assumptions quick, someone who suffers the loss of an aborted child, anyone who is scared of failure or loss, someone with addiction (i.e. social media)
Isn’t mental health support just for the really sick and crazy? Everyone has the right to feel mentally healthy. There’s, no guideline on how you need to look to qualify.
Is this page about mental health support? Partely, I am sharing some of the insights less talked about like stigmatizations but also food for thought.
What makes you qualified to do so ? Besides my major in Public Health, I am doing a psychoanalysis multiple times a week, where I get to learn and talk about my own experiences with mental health struggles.
Parenting and stereotypes
“It’s best to let your child cry at night and ignore it. It’ll learn to be silent that way.” These and other misconceptions might be those, our parents were raised by themselves. However, some of these might be harmful. In fact, a childs sign to communicate a need might be a cry. If it learns to internalize it and therefore its feelings, it may have difficulties expressing its needs as an adult.
“Great presentation, although I did not understand slide 22. Could you clarify that?” Internal monologe:”OMG he hated the entire presentation, I better quitt my job. I suck” Making internal assumptions too quick? That can happen and it helps to ask ” What is actaully said? Does this relate to me personally or is this helping me?”
Gender and stereotypes
Boys wear blue and girls wear pink. Boys wear pants and girls wear skirts. Woman can cry, man cannot. Man can bodybuild, woman cannot. Woman are bitchy, man have management skills. Woman being scared is okay, man are pussies. There are many, many, many more stereotypes that for both gender are fundametnally false. We can overcome them 😉