Mental health: awareness is great, but action is essential | Dean Burnett
By: Dean Burnett | Mental health: awareness is great, but action is essential | Dean Burnett | Neuroscience | The Guardian
Raising awareness of mental health problems should be the start of the process of tackling them, not the end
It’s mental health awareness week, 2018. And that’s good. It’s important to be aware of something that affects literally everyone, and that a quarter of the population regularly struggle with. It’s weird that anyone wouldn’t be when you put it in those terms, but that does seem to the case.
Perhaps the term is a bit misleading, or not specific enough. It’s not exactly mental health that people need to be made aware of, so much as the fact that mental health can, and regularly does, go wrong. And when someone’s mental health does falter or fail, they should receive the same concern and help that someone with a more obvious “physical” ailment should get, not scorn and stigma, as often happens.