Mental health matters.

It's October 10th and it's all about the World Mental Health Day. This day is supported by United Nations that's why I feel like pointing out it as well. Ever since I was officially diagnosed with endogenous depression in the beginning of 2018, I decided I will be talking about it, depression and mental health topic in general, as much as I can. Because it's high time to make some difference and let everyone know that mental disorders don't turn you into a freak or an outsider.


What I wanted to talk about today is the fact we are not taught enough about mental health and disorders from an early age. What really makes me sad is that at school they don't pay enough attention to such topics. And they should, as various statistics show that the percentage of suicidal behavior is pretty high among young people. And not just it, more and more kids tend to suffer from depression, or depressive episodes, at school age. The worst is they don't know what to do with it all... Just like I did.


Here comes the story of my life... I don't really remember what grade I was, I think I was around 12-13 years, when I fell ill. It was Spring and I don't really remember what illness I was trying to fight with, but I remember it took me almost 3 months to sort of recover. And 3 months for something like flu is quite a period. I remember that I didn't have any will to recover and get back to normal life. It wasn't like I liked and enjoyed staying at home that long, I just didn't have any will for that. I had this feeling that deep inside something was wrong. But it was years later that my psychologist told me it probably was a depressive episode. The thing with it is that at some point depressive mood disappears (but it's not like it disappears forever, chances are it will get back at some point in life...).


What did school do with my situation? They just highly recommended my mum to transfer me to home schooling as I seemed not to fit into their system. I wonder how many kids have heard such a phrase? That they don't fit the system... Thankfully at some point I could go back to school after few months of absence. But that situation left quite a serious scar deep inside me. I understand today that it wasn't my fault, that I was young and didn't have a chance to find out myself I had a light form of depression back then. Back in those days the way my school acted made me feel guilty and alienated deep inside.


Do I think teachers should be aware of mental health topic? Oh, yes. I actually think all grown up people should be aware of it. There's nothing bad in having a mental disorder, it doesn't make you different or strange. That's what we should teach the younger generation. They should know they have someone to turn to when they feel strange inside, be it a parent or a teacher.


Do I think we need a special mental health lessons in schools around the world? Yes, I do. It would definitely help break the stigma... 


Photo: T. Egorova


Mental health matters.

It's October 10th and it's all about the World Mental Health Day. This day is supported by United Nations that's why I feel like pointing out it as well. Ever since I was officially diagnosed with endogenous depression in the beginning of 2018, I decided I will be talking about it, depression and mental health topic in general, as much as I can. Because it's high time to make some difference and let everyone know that mental disorders don't turn you into a freak or an outsider.


What I wanted to talk about today is the fact we are not taught enough about mental health and disorders from an early age. What really makes me sad is that at school they don't pay enough attention to such topics. And they should, as various statistics show that the percentage of suicidal behavior is pretty high among young people. And not just it, more and more kids tend to suffer from depression, or depressive episodes, at school age. The worst is they don't know what to do with it all... Just like I did.


Here comes the story of my life... I don't really remember what grade I was, I think I was around 12-13 years, when I fell ill. It was Spring and I don't really remember what illness I was trying to fight with, but I remember it took me almost 3 months to sort of recover. And 3 months for something like flu is quite a period. I remember that I didn't have any will to recover and get back to normal life. It wasn't like I liked and enjoyed staying at home that long, I just didn't have any will for that. I had this feeling that deep inside something was wrong. But it was years later that my psychologist told me it probably was a depressive episode. The thing with it is that at some point depressive mood disappears (but it's not like it disappears forever, chances are it will get back at some point in life...).


What did school do with my situation? They just highly recommended my mum to transfer me to home schooling as I seemed not to fit into their system. I wonder how many kids have heard such a phrase? That they don't fit the system... Thankfully at some point I could go back to school after few months of absence. But that situation left quite a serious scar deep inside me. I understand today that it wasn't my fault, that I was young and didn't have a chance to find out myself I had a light form of depression back then. Back in those days the way my school acted made me feel guilty and alienated deep inside.


Do I think teachers should be aware of mental health topic? Oh, yes. I actually think all grown up people should be aware of it. There's nothing bad in having a mental disorder, it doesn't make you different or strange. That's what we should teach the younger generation. They should know they have someone to turn to when they feel strange inside, be it a parent or a teacher.


Do I think we need a special mental health lessons in schools around the world? Yes, I do. It would definitely help break the stigma... 


Photo: T. Egorova

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