19% of the adult population, 46% of adolescents and 13% of children each year are affected by mental illnesses. In your family, people who struggle with their mental health can live next door, teach your kids, work in the next cubicle, or sit in the same church pew.

Only half of those affected, however, receive treatment, often due to the stigma attached to mental health. Untreated, mental illness can lead to higher medical costs, lower school and work results, reduced job opportunities, and increased suicide risk.

The cognitive, behavioural, and emotional wellbeing is referred to as mentality. All about thought, feeling, and acting. The word “mental health” is sometimes used to mean a lack of a mental illness.

Mental health can affect daily living, relationships, and physical health. We at TABIIB want to make people aware of mental health.

What is mental health?

The WHO stresses that mental health is more than just the absence of psychiatric disabilities.” Peak mental health is not just about preventing active problems but also about caring for continuous well-being and satisfaction.

They stress that the security and restoration of mental wellbeing, as well as in various cultures and societies worldwide, are vital on an individual basis.

A large proportion of people with mental health problems have more than one condition at a time. It is important to note that good mental health depends on a delicate balance of factors and that a number of elements of life and the world at large can work together to contribute to disorders.

What are common mental health stigmas?

At the core, stigma can be perceived as the condition, whether intentional or unconscious, that someone is nonetheless different from you. The common stigma around the mind includes the following: stigma separates “us from “them.”. Some of the misleading stigmas are:

  • Mentally disordered people are either weak or lazy. 
  • People suffering from mental health disorders are vulnerable:
  • People suffering from mental health problems are prone to violence
  • People with mental health disorders are incompetent.

What You Can Do to Help?

Although the perception of mental illnesses in recent decades have improved overall, studies show that mental stigma is still high, largely because of media stereotypes and educational deficiencies and that people tend to stigmatise psychiatric conditions far more than others, such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Stigma affects not only the number seeking treatment, but also the number of resources available for proper treatment. Stigma and misinformation can feel like overwhelming obstacles for someone who is struggling with a mental health condition. Here you can do some powerful things to help:

• Showing respect and acceptance to individuals removes an important barrier to successful disease management. Seeing you as an individual can make the most of a person who has problems with their mental health, not because of your disease.

•Considering the rights and opportunities that these individuals have within our influence circles helps them as others in your church, school and community.

•Mindfulness learning allows us to help those affected in our families and communities.

•Choose Empowerment Over Shame. By choosing an empowered life, we can help remove the stigma. This means that you own your life and my storey and that you refuse to allow others to dictate what you think or how you feel about yourself.

Actively promote Mental Health Month:

Show your community that mental health is a priority for your pharmacy. Have signage, provide information on your website and social media, or write a press release or article in a local newspaper. Show your community you are comfortable discussing this topic.Wearing lime green ribbons has become a symbol of support for mental health awareness.

  • Show visible support:

Wearing lime green ribbons has become a symbol of support for mental health awareness. It can be a conversation starter when someone asks why you are wearing this ribbon. It is also used as a signal to those who know what the ribbon is.

  • Share your mental health journey with others:

Sharing your story about mental illness or recovery from a mental illness can be empowering both for you and for others who are struggling with a mental illness. Use your story to prove that harmful stereotypes about mental illness are not true, and to encourage others to speak up and seek help.

  • Educate yourself and others about mental health:

Education can reduce stigma and improve the environment surrounding mental illness. Education is the most powerful tool you can use to counter any shame you may feel about your mental illness and to make sure others know what mental illness is (and isn’t).

The most important thing someone can do for themselves is to receive support. But the stigma, sadly, prevents individuals from seeking support. Mental disorder should not be anything to be embarrassed of, or otherwise thought of. More people would have the confidence to get treatment and change their life if mental illness is viewed similarly to other diseases. You can always book an appointment with a therapist and seek information with a psychiatrist at TABIIB website or app. 

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