Mental health discussions are becoming more popular and the general attitude toward addressing them is going "in the right direction", but I'd like to mention a few points for you all to take in your own direction:
- Do you think we will ever be able to effectively address mental health issues in an efficient manner? If having a mental health problem is inherently “not ideal”, will it ever truly be “okay” in society to have these issues? Or will diagnoses move toward being more scientific (like “I have a cold, broken xyz, etc” to “I have depression, bipolar syndrome, anger issues, etc”)? Looking at the graphic I posted, a lot of students don't feel comfortable fully sharing what they are dealing with. What do you think about seeking help to address issues that aren't "very serious" but you're not sure how to handle, such as general stress or needing life advice?
- What role do different entities have in addressing mental health? Do we put any responsibility on entities at all, or individuals? For example, “should” charities, governments, businesses, organizations be responsible, and to what degree as it relates to their respective core purpose?
- You all might be familiar with this idea that suicide rates are higher in developed countries as compiled in the following blog (after the first 2 paragraphs it mentions some stats well):
https://bamituniabamu.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/developed-countries-and-its-love-for-suicide-a-paradox-yet-unexplained/ With better access to mental health services and such in developed economies, what factors do you think contributing to this difference? Do you believe the data on it? It’s definitely not perfect, here’s some research on unavailable data and it's affect on our ability to draw good conclusions: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1414701/