Perspective on Mental Health
Updated: May 3
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Growing up and trying to find ourselves is never something easy to do. There’s a lot to take in and understand about the world and our beings. As we go through hard times and good times, we have people that we look up to. Those people may be parents, guardians, aunts, uncles, or friends. Our role models can have an immense impact on our lives and how we view certain subjects.
A guardian who believes that mental health is “fake” can cause harm towards the child. In doing so, it can make them feel like their emotions are invalid. It can cause them to reject help or not take time to understand their feelings. A negative stigma around mental health, from a person you may idealize can create bad habits, and corrupt the child’s understanding of one’s emotions.
It is important to teach our generation and future generations that mental health is real and that it should be talked about. We need to show that it is okay to ask for help and learn to support others. We all need to learn that it is normal to have times that are harder than others and that it is important to take time to comprehend and understand our emotions. As new generations occur, a positive perspective on mental health becomes essential to happiness and well-being.
Resources to use if in need: https://www.mentalhealth.gov/get-help/immediate-help
Lucy Dore, TeensForHope