According to new study, anecdotal evidence of people overcoming mental health challenges might be a useful and affordable way to support others going through a similar situation. Online, there are many first-hand accounts of anything from drug addiction to pain management, but can they actually help with recovery? This week a new study headed by scientists at the University of Nottingham provides unambiguous evidence that they do, at least in mental health settings. The group laboriously assembled a digital collection of hundreds of audio, video, text, and image files that tell tales of mental health rehabilitation in the forms of poetry, prose, and even the occasional graphic narrative. Over the course of a year, study participants—all of whom suffered from non-psychotic mental health issues including worry, stress, and poor mood—were allowed to use it as often or as little as they pleased. Their quality of life has improved, according to the data.
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The importance of mental and physical wellness is equal. Normalizing the discussion of mental health encourages people to speak up and receive the support they require.
We contribute to the stigma associated with mental health by keeping it silent. Among the negative consequences of stigma are the following:
Reluctance to ask for assistance or therapy is another effect of stigma. In their lifetime, about 20% of Americans will suffer from a mental disease. Less than half of people who suffer from mental illness, meanwhile, will go for therapy.
According to research coordinator Dr. Stefan Rennick-Egglestone, "I think that on a large scale, seeing that other people have had similar experiences and that things get a bit better in the future can give people hope. And people can try new things to find better routes to a brighter future if they have that hope inside them." Therefore the benefits of hearing someone else’s narrative far exceeded the harms. They can be a potent way to build common ground and connection, as well as to foster empathy and unity with others. It could be very effective way to lessen the stigma associated with mental health issues. The realization that, in the context of health care, other people's personal experiences might be beneficial in a variety of ways.
Let's Understand how can the topic about mental health be normalized?
Discuss Mental Health in public If you have a broken limb or the flu, it's common to discuss getting help from friends, family, and coworkers. Similar to this, discussing visiting a therapist because you're depressed normalizes the talk around mental health. When conversing with a friend or family member, be straightforward. The idea that mental health is a taboo subject is only strengthened by our reluctance to discuss it.
Educate Both Yourself and Others: Learn as much as you can about mental illness and then pass that knowledge along to others. Most of us are aware of the distinctions between common bodily illnesses like the common cold, sprains, cancer, etc. They are not categorized under a single "physical illness". In a similar vein, mental diseases come in a wide variety, each with distinct signs and symptoms. Dispelling myths that fuel stigma is accomplished through knowledge sharing.
"I think it’s really important to take the stigma away from mental health. My brain and my heart are really important to me. I don’t know why I wouldn’t seek help to have those things be as healthy as my teeth." —