Earlier this week, the world quietly celebrated World Mental Health Day. We bet, like most people, you probably didn’t notice the hashtags floating across Facebook. Between nail-biting World Cup qualifiers and horrendous fires in California wine country, we understand. Regardless, we at Revnet want to make sure the day’s importance lasts beyond October 10th. We want to make sure every day is mental health day.
Is this really a thing?
Yes, it is. World Mental Health Day, according to the World Health Organization, “is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.” Mental health is at the forefront now more than ever, but we’re far from where we need to be. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), twenty percent of American adults have some sort of mental illness. This translates to forty three million people every year, ten million of whom suffer from very serious conditions, like schizophrenia and depression. In 2015 alone, almost ten million Americans thought about suicide. We believe that is ten million too many.
Changing the Dialogue About Mental Health
Because so many suffer in silence, it’s crucial to maintain an open dialogue and offer support. Gabrielle Magid, founder of Stronger than Stigma, does just that. Stronger than Stigma is an advocacy group helping young people cut through the stigma of mental illness. Magid says, “I think people have all sorts of preconceived notions about what mental health is. They’re scared of it, so instead of doing research they remain ignorant. Above all, I think the number one thing people get wrong is they feel like they can blame the sufferer. ‘You’re just not trying’ or ‘Snap out of it’ are the most common, worst things you can say to someone struggling with depression.”
This summer, when Madalyn Parker emailed her coworkers explaining she would be taking a couple of days off to focus on her mental well being, the CEO of the company commended her choice, calling her “an example to us all.” Their email exchange went viral, sparking a larger discussion of how, unfortunately, this isn’t the norm in most workplaces. Organizations, like the NAMI and Stronger than Stigma, help change that culture every day, but they can’t do it alone. We all play a role, whether it means becoming an advocate, or even just a better friend or coworker.
Bringing It Home
At Revnet, we’re very fortunate, and grateful, to have a tight knit team of people who feel comfortable opening up to one another. We’re also very fortunate to be in a position to help make a difference.
At the end of the day, mental health is just as important as physical health. If you are currently struggling to stay mentally healthy, please reach out to your doctor. If you are a medical professional who would like to better educate your patients about mental health, click here to join us today.