A Brief Overview on Mental Health

Though the topic of mental health has received far more attention in recent years, there is still much work to be done. As the world advances, we see a rise in mental health disorders as well. This is true not only in the United States, but all over the world. In several other countries, the topic of mental health is still considered taboo and is often quickly dismissed. This website seeks to shed light upon this real and serious topic by explaining what mental health is, how it affects us, and how we can each work to improve our mental health.

What is Mental Health Stigma?

As previously mentioned, there is still a lot of stigma surrounding conversations about mental health. Mental health stigma is when a person or group of people see another person in a negative way due to their mental health disorder or preconceived notions and stereotypes surrounding a particular disorder. This can be detrimental because it could not only lead to discrimination (when someone treats another person in a negative way due to their differences), but it could also significantly worsen the person's disorder and prevent them from getting the help they need.

Type Description
Social Stigma Negative attitudes held by members of the public about people with devalued characteristics
Self-Stigma When people with mental health disorders internalize those public attitudes and suffer negative consequences as a result
Health Professional Stigma Negative attitudes possessed by health professionals towards the mentally ill (which could affect their quality of life)

Ways to Improve Your Mental Health

  1. Taking care of yourself - Keep your body physically healthy by eating well and exercising regularly. Also try to keep track of your emotions and how your mood changes each day.
  2. Learning how to better cope with stress - Know when to take breaks and when to turn to others for help. Do not overwork yourself and try to set smaller, more achievable goals.
  3. Making time for yourself to reflect - It is just as important to spend time with yourself as it is to spend time around others. Try to take some time each day, even just a few minutes, to reflect on yourself and your day. This is also a good practice to calm yourself after a stressful day.
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