Our minds. Our bodies. One member.
We are learning that mental illness has many faces and hides behind innumerable masks. It’s a healthy-looking body, a smiling face, a public figure, an introvert, an extrovert, or the person who calls you mom or dad.
Intervention for a person with a mental health challenge is more than simple self-care strategies.
It’s putting infrastructures in place to ensure patients, doctors, and families are on one accord, reducing financial housing insecurity, educating and informing people about what programs exist… plus more!
There is work to be done, and yet we are seeing restrictions being implemented rather than solutions.
I am still hopeful, though!
Through mental health awareness and advocacy, there will be less blaming, shaming, and shallow solutions that place sole responsibility on those affected and more emphasis on healthcare initiatives and the improvement of environmental and socio-economic factors.
Jonathan Purtle, Katherine L. Nelson, Nathaniel Z. Counts, and Michael Yudell3 2020.
Population-Based Approaches to Mental Health: History, Strategies, and Evidence. 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-040119-094247