PHYSICAL HEALTH VS MENTAL HEALTH
Is mental health taken as seriously as physical health?
1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental health issue by the age of 74. Mental health is becoming one of the highest rising public health issues. 37% of people in the UK have a mental health problem. Mental health is a BIG issue. Why however, is it taken less seriously than physical health?
A GP told me that two in every ten patients come in regarding a mental health concern or issue. When asked if he thinks mental health issues are taken as seriously as physical health issues he said ‘to a certain extent the answer is yes. Mental health has been put in the public eye a lot more and awareness has been on the rise over the past 10 years.’
So who are the main sufferers of mental health problems? Teenagers and young adults are the main demographic who suffer from mental health issues.
If disorders that teens will experience by age 13-18 were shown in a classroom of 30 students, there would be anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, eating disorders and some other issues. Only 13 out of 30 students would be unaffected.
These are shocking statistics as there is a higher percentage of people who are affected by mental health than there are people who have a healthy mind. I asked 20 students aged 13-14 if they thought that mental health was taken as seriously as physical health and only two students said that they thought it was. One student who suffers from mental health problems told me that ‘it can be very detrimental especially if you feel you are surrounded by your rivals rather than your allies’ and that the school environment can be a ‘fundament for chronic stress.’ However, she said there are several support systems such as youth workers and counsellors which wouldn’t have been available several years ago.
In conclusion, mental health is not taken as seriously as physical health; however, people are realising this and more awareness is being encouraged.
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