It’s a day for everyone to think about Mental Health.
Not about the people who have “Mental Health Problems”, you understand, but about Mental Health overall.
Everyone needs a degree of balance and resilience in their emotional state to maintain a healthy mental life. If you don’t have that, it doesn’t automatically make you “ill” or “wrong” or “abnormal”, but it’s something you should be aware of, and it’s likely to affect how you interact with others.
If you think you need a bit of a hand dealing with whatever happens between your ears, there should be no stigma attached. Plenty of people think a small physical complaint isn’t enough to bother the doctor with, and most are right. However, there will always be those little niggles that don’t get better by themselves, or serious physical trauma which needs specialist medical attention. Assuming your mind is completely different because you can’t stick a plaster on it isn’t necessarily helpful. People train for years to give you that kind of help, just as they would a physical complaint. Seek treatment for what ails you. Especially if it is a broken leg, for example.
While I’m ranting on a bit, take note: “Physiological Patients” never make headlines. “Mental Patients” do. That’s an indication of how wrong the mainstream media can be. They can brand you “Psycho”, but if they try to make out you’re a “Physio”, it just sounds like they’re giving careers advice. They also pick on people on the basis of race, gender, politics, body shape, reputation, wealth, sobriety, beliefs and physical beauty. You won’t escape their wrath if they choose you as a target. It’s much more important you realise they’re talking out of their collective hat. I wish they’d get their game together and stop picking on people full stop, but they’re human as well, and driven by a desire to make profits in order to keep their jobs. People can be damned foolish with other people’s welfare sometimes.
In the words of Tim Minchin, “you think, therefore you are… but also: you jog, therefore you sleep well, therefore you’re not overwhelmed by existential angst.”
Mental Health is something which we should all maintain. Do so, and enjoy the other 364 days of the year when I won’t rant about how important it is.