Aniwriter Update #18: Mental Health and Reflecting on the Past
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Well, I cannot say that much has been going on in the past week, but I did want to talk about some personal stuff, if you guys do not mind indulging me.
The Importance of Mental Health
In any advanced nation, whether we are talking about the U.S., most of Europe, and parts of East Asia, standard of living is generally higher than most other developing nation. People in these developed nations generally do not have to worry about whether or not they will have access to food or drinking water or housing. This is not to say they these problems do not exist in the countries, but simply that less people face them. However, as this standard of living increases, so to does our focus on mental health. Because problems of external survival are largely swept under the rug, problems of internal struggle have more room to shine.
This is also true of different populations within one country. It is true, for example, that people of higher incomes are more likely to commit suicide, suggesting that mental health is a more central problem in those people’s lives people other problems are not. However, this does not mean that addressing mental health should be seen as some privilege enjoyed only by elites. Ordinary people, even those struggling to meet basic needs, deal with these problems, but do not get the chance to talk about them.
I recently read Lina’s post about her situation and struggle with mental health, and what it shows chiefly is that people can be in dire situations of mental health struggle. Mental Health, whether we want to talk about it or not, is important.
Falling Back into a Hole
It is often difficult describe to someone what it feels like to be depressed or stricken by any such similar feelings, but I would say the best way that I can think of, as someone who spent almost a year in such a state, is that it becomes hard to care about the world around you.
For some reason, a recent incident at my work reminded me a lot of this state that I was in, and how it was hard to even care about finishing school. I want to say, to anyone feeling this way, I probably cannot say that I have been in that specific situation, or that I could even relate to those feelings in the same way, but that there is probably a point in which you will have an experience that makes this whole living thing worth it.
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