Normalise Mental Health

Normalise Mental Health

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Anna Sladecek started this petition to Society

One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide. In today’s society mental health is looked down upon as it has the label that something is wrong with you when you have the burden of a mental health disorder. An important part of changing perceptions of mental health is acceptance that mental health is relevant to everyone. Informing and educating all schools, work places, etc on mental health topics to create an environment where people can start to feel more comfortable with the conversations that follow. The language we use to discuss mental health issues can unintentionally contribute toward reinforcing negative connotations; terms such as ‘problems’ or ‘suffering’ potentially label rather than normalise mental health. Being aware of the language we use can help contribute toward removing stigma helping to create a workplace where people can open up about mental health issues they’re currently experiencing or have previously experienced.

It’s important to create a culture and environment where people thrive and feel confident and comfortable talking about their own mental health challenges, past and present, without fear of being labelled or it affecting their mental state. Instead of treating it as an illness to cure, organisations should promote mental health as something to manage like physical health. Whether it’s recommending the necessary adjustments having spotted signs of difficulty, or putting support into practice while recovery takes place, working within a clearly defined structure that treats mental health in the same way as a physical issue as in offering full support with the most appropriate care pathways.

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