An Uncomfortable Series: Mental Health
So often when we feature students, we talk about how they are able to “balance” schoolwork, a social life, and sports all while getting enough sleep. Less than often do we talk about the mental challenge that balancing life poses on all high school students and how difficult it can be to keep good mental health.
“Mental health.” Did that make you want to stop reading? Does it make you uncomfortable? Most likely it does, but that’s okay. When people hear “mental health,” they think about mental illnesses like depression or anxiety, things that they’d understandably prefer not to think about. But even if it’s awkward, it is so important to be educated on mental health and how it affects the lives of students daily.
Mental health is defined by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services as “our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.” Mental health can affect our relationships, our work, and our viewpoints on life. Mental health can affect how we view and carry ourselves, something that in teenagers is very influential in our emotional development.
We should make mental health a topic that is talked about often. This series challenges you to become more educated, more involved, more motivated to utilize good mental health practices, and to be more comfortable in speaking up.