Mental Health is Real and Important


Raylynn Carson, Contributor

Mental health is a serious issue that many people suffer with and many people don’t believe in. Many people ask or wonder why mental health is important, mental health is important because it can affect your day to day life. There are many different types of mental illnesses that you might even have that you don’t know about. Some disorders are including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and many more.

Mental illness is an equal opportunity issue. It affects young and old, male and female, and individuals of every race, ethnic background, education level, and income level. The good news is that it can often be treated” (Harvard). Anyone can have a mental health disorder so always be careful and aware. If you can tell that someone is acting different or unusual ask them if they are OK or need help. Some people silently suffer.

Mental health can effect someone not only mentally, but physically. “Your mental health is also important because it can affect your physical health. For example, mental disorders can raise your risk for physical health problems such as stroketype 2 diabetes, and heart disease(Medline plus).

It is important that people look into mental health since it can affect you physically. You never know what might happen. Some people think it is only something that can affect the brain, but it can lead into heart disease, a stroke, and lots of times mental health can lead to suicide.

Mental illness can affect anybody, so take it seriously and make sure the people around you are aware of mental health.

Even people you wouldn’t suspect suffer from mental health, such as celebrities. Demi Lovato struggled with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and alcoholism. “As a pop star, I can say, ‘Hey, I’ve got bipolar disorder — it’s nothing that anyone can be ashamed of,’ she said in the interview” (ABC news). Demi Lovato went to rehab and spoke out against her mental health issues and addiction to drugs and alcohol. She is proud of who she is no matter her state of mind.

If you ever need help or someone to talk to, you can call these hotlines:

Suicide prevention hotline: 1 (800)-273-8255

Bullying hotline: 1 (800)-420-1479

Self harm hotline: 1 (800)-366-8288

Depression hotline: 1 (630)-482-9696

Drug/alcohol abuse hotline: 1 (877)-235-4525

Eating disorder hotline: 1 (630)-577-1330

Mental health hotline: 1 (800)-442-9673

Abuse hotline: 1 (800)-799-7233