Mental Wellness

With Wellness Week happening March 4 through March 8 at Poly High School, I think it is a good time to talk about something that should be talked about more: mental illness and suicide. It is important that we take care of ourselves physically but our mental care is also very important for our overall well-being.

There is a wide variety of mental illnesses and many of them cannot be cured. Mental illnesses is defined as behavioral and mental patterns that cause significant distress and/or impairment of personal functioning. They can occur from the time a person in born to the time that they die. There is a wide range of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders, multiple personality disorders, etc. The list goes on and on and the effects of these mental illnesses can seriously change the lives of the people with the disorder and the those who care for them.

Mental illnesses can be inherited, they are often caused because of one’s environmental factors, and brain chemistry. It is important that we notice when our loved ones or people in general show symptoms of mental illness. They are not easy to live with and many people just don’t understand the effects that can have.

Suicide can be a result of untreated mental illness. Suicide rates are becoming higher and higher because many people don’t take the time to speak up or take action when they or someone they know, begins demonstrating symptoms of mental illness. According to a significant report by the World Health Organization (WHO), every 40 second, someone takes their own life.

If you or somebody you know possesses any sort mental illness, it is important that you seek professional help before it gets any worse. There are many resources that one can utilize to prevent any condition from getting too bad. People love you and people care about! Take some time to get to know who you are take care of your mental state! Have a great Wellness Week!