It has always been under the surface, but many people don’t realize how large of an impact mental health has had on our world and everything in it. As time has gone on, more and more people are recognizing that poor mental health is a more widespread problem than it ever has been before, and it’s starting to get the attention that it needs in order to be treated properly.
But why is it in the limelight more than ever before? What has been done now that hasn’t been done before? Why are more news stories about mental illness than there ever have been before? There are a couple of important reasons that mental illness has gotten a lot more attention in recent years than it may have in the past.
First, there are a number of different events that have occurred that have brought mental disorders like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and others to the forefront, most of them involving the harm of other people (the Sandy Hook shootings, military base shootings, etc). These alone have done quite a job when it comes to giving notice to mental illness and other problems that just haven’t been treated or recognized very often before now. Our society has a terrible habit of sweeping everything under the rug when it comes to mental illness, but now it's becoming a lot more obvious to much of the world.
There's a big problem with the media coverage, however. The high-scale news coverage often puts mental illness in a scary light, however. Even though depression, anxiety, and personality disorders can be frightening for some people, and some people become violent because of their disorders, that's not the entire story. There is another side to mental disorders, and because of this, the second point is actually just as important (or more so) than these events.
The second reason that mental illness is becoming more prominent is because more and more people are coming forward with their stories of mental disorders. Millions of people suffer from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and whatever else you can imagine and for a long time, they’ve remained silent. Nowadays, more people have decided to come out and tell their stories of mental health struggles. Even well known people that are looked up to have a story to tell, and by telling their stories, more people will be willing to admit their problems and seek the help they need.
As time goes on, this topic will be discussed more often, and hopefully it will result in more appropriate and efficient treatment for those who are struggling through the disorders. Then, we can prevent horrible things (like those mentioned above) from happening in such a large scale, and people with these disorders can live the lives that they deserve to have.