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Mental Health is More Than Just Mental

By October 12, 2023No Comments

Mental health is a deeply personal journey and affects everyone differently. It is not just about what’s going on in your mind; it’s an integral part of your overall wellbeing. We believe that fostering open and honest conversations about mental health is essential.

The impact on your whole self

Struggling with mental health can be extremely debilitating. It can extend far beyond your thoughts and emotions and be incredibly challenging. It touches every aspect of your life[1], including your physical health, your relationships, and your day-to-day experiences. As we bring awareness to this aspect of a person’s wellbeing, we hope to better care for and understand how mental health may have an impact on ourselves and the people around us.

Physical health

Mental health is not isolated from physical health. In fact, mental health conditions can directly impact physical health. People with mental illnesses:

  • Are more prone to physical illness
  • Have mortality rate over twice as high as those without[2]
  • Often have symptoms of fatigue and loss of energy
  • Can experience decreased quality of life and overall wellbeing

Social wellbeing

Mental health challenges can also impact you socially:

  • Social Isolation: Individuals often experience social isolation and loneliness during periods of poor mental health, further exacerbating their struggles.[3]
  • Psychological Strain: The psychological and physical strain of mental disorders can be overwhelming, making it difficult to engage
  • Coping Mechanism: Withdrawal from social interactions is sometimes used as a coping mechanism by those facing mental health challenges.[4]

Barriers to receiving support

Many people who live with mental health conditions can find it hard to seek or receive help. They often feel as though their struggles must remain hidden due to fear of stigma and rejection from friends, family, employers or the wider community.[5]

Some people turn to alcohol and other drugs as a way to cope.[6] Unfortunately, many who turn to these substances for relief find themselves caught in the devastating cycle of addiction.

This is a major concern, particularly for young people who struggle with mental health. Research has shown that youth with mental health conditions are twice as likely to use drugs or alcohol.[7]

Addressing these challenges and fostering a supportive, empathetic environment is crucial to ensuring that individuals receive the help they need.

We are here to help

We know that struggling with mental health can be an uphill battle that many face alone. If you or someone you know is a young person struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, we are here to help. Find a service that might be suitable for you on our Drug and Alcohol Support Services page.