The Importance of Mental Health

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By Esperanza Hernandez

     Mental health plays a massive part in everybody’s day-to-day life. There is no way to “escape” it. It stays with us throughout our childhood, teenage years, and adult life. It plays a part in our relationships, self-image, and our productivity at work or school. Our mental health includes all aspects of our physical, psychological, emotional, and social well-being. It affects our attitudes, feelings, and actions. It also affects how we deal with stress, communicate with others, and make wise decisions. Due to the amount of stress we might encounter while dealing with impaired mental health, all that stress affects our immune system causing us to get sick constantly.

     Unfortunately, when mental health is ignored, suicide rates increase, and due to the stigma around mental health, people do not want to reach out for help to avoid feeling shame and embarrassment for feeling that way. But, nothing is embarrassing or shameful about you wanting help and wanting to get better. Mental health is just as essential as physical health and can claim lives like any other illness. Sometimes, people who haven’t exactly gone through what you have will try to put you down and make you feel like you have no right to feel that way but ignore them. You feel how you think, and no one should try to say otherwise. All they should do is try to help rather than make it worse. There are more than 52 million people who deal with mental health. You are not alone.