Over the past few years, whether by design or not, it has really seemed as though people have been neglecting this aspect of their health. Believe it or not, what is happening in our minds is just as important as everything occurring in our bodies. So, while it is all too easy to forget about this critical part of our overall well-being, I am here today to remind you of why it matters.
In general, this is a topic that we do not focus upon nearly enough in our culture. Especially in the United Kingdom, it can almost feel taboo to discuss it with the family. However, mental health is a very real thing, and we should pay much more attention to it. Let us dive into this difficult topic and see what is going on.
What do We Mean by “Mental Health”?
Your first order of business may be to look at a source such as this one, https://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/learn/index.htm , which can provide you with some interesting background information that you may find helpful. After all, a strong foundation is quite critical for understanding some of the more advanced topics. The main thing of note is that mental health is pretty much what it sounds like: the well-being of our minds.
In regard to what it is a measure of, there are a few concepts to be aware of. However, the primary ways that it is determined is how well an individual is able to cope with their stress (in explanation, coping mechanisms) as well as their emotional regulation on a day-to-day basis. Additionally, a person’s propensity for forging friendships or relationships and being able to maintain them is another aspect at play.
All of these things are quite important for maintaining a healthy mind (and therefore body). If even one thing is thrown out of whack or off-balance, it can have severe consequences for a person’s life. Something that I think many people forget is that mental disorders are not the only way to measure someone’s mental health – and just because you do not have one does not mean that you are in peak shape up there.
That is why we need to encourage more nuanced discussions on this as a whole. I am a firm believer in the fact that anyone and everyone can benefit from getting some therapy. Generally speaking, when it comes to the concept of mental health, I really hope that we can bring attention to these little-known facts.
How Family and Law play a Role
Families are stressful, no matter how much we love them to bits and pieces. At some point or another, it is simply a fact that there is going to be conflict. What is rarely discussed, though, is the impact that mental health can have on our relationships. As I mentioned above, the ways in which we retain or lose our relationships can be quite indicative of what is going on in our brains.
By looking at web pages like this one, you can get an idea of what I am referencing. Even in situations that are not outwardly abusive or very obviously harmful for a person, there can be underlying problems that are difficult to address. Unfortunately, sometimes this can even mean getting a solicitor involved.
Perhaps the biggest indicator that something is wrong is if your loved one is coming to you about thoughts or feelings that are very concerning or raise some alarms in your mind. Self-harm or thoughts of harming others are both quite serious, so if anyone that you know is mentioning them, you should direct them towards getting some professional help.
Just remember that this does not mean that they are inherently violent or bad people. Intrusive thoughts are a real thing, and they can be terrifying for the person experiencing them. They are called “intrusive” because they are not desired by the one who has them – in fact, they are the exact opposite. Often, the scenarios that they imagine are something that they would never even dream of doing.
Still, it does indicate a need to get some help for their mental health. There are ways to cope with such experiences without leaning too heavily on a friend or loved one. No one should be treating their friends and family members like therapists, after all.
For the final topic, I want to discuss a very serious and sensitive matter. For some, this is a hard topic to open and don’t want to share about this kind of experience to anyone. These are those people who are not only having troubles mentally but also living in an abusive environment that worsen the situation.
Finding someone to help you getting out of this is hard especially for those who are in the current abusive relationship and those who have experienced it. Moving on, though, this is the time where a lawyer, attorney, or solicitor can really come into play in helping someone to escape from a situation that is abusive or harmful to them in another way. Honestly, as someone who is stuck in the negative patterns and feels like they have to stay with a partner can really feel trapped. Speaking from experience, it truly can feel like a hopeless situation.
However, if you get some legal counsel and are able to make a solid, concrete plan of escape, things can finally start to look up. Victims are at last able to see the light at the end of their tunnel of misery. While I wish that it did not take so much effort to get away from such a terrible environment, oftentimes it truly is the only way.
So, if any of today’s article has rung true for you, I wish you nothing but the best. I hope that you are able to find the help that you need, whether it is from a therapist, solicitor, or otherwise. Taking that first step towards that goal can be the most difficult part, but do not be afraid – trust me when I tell you that it will be well worth it in the end.