This show is just Patrick talking candidly about mental health in the community. It's a short off the cuff monologue to bring the month to a close.
Last show we talked about stress and its impact on us and throughout the month we have gone through various components of mental health. But one still remains, Biology. Sometimes your mental health fails or begins to deteriorate and there actually is a biological component causing it. During this show we are going to be talking about what that could be, and if there is anything that we can do about it.
Having talked about some of the more common mental disorders and what it means to be healthy, it becomes necessary to also talk about the most critical factor in health: stress. Stress management should be at the core of everyone's attempt to get healthy and remain healthy. Most of the mental health disorders we talked about are exacerbated by stress, many physical ailments are caused or made worse by stress, and in our modern world, it is nearly impossible to live a life that is stress-free. In this episode of lessons from the screen we are going to spend the entire time talking about stress, what is it, what does it do, how does it affect you, and how can you manage it.
Last show we started the mental health disorder show by looking at disorders in the anxiety, mood, psychotic, eating, impulse and addition control, personality, and post-traumatic stress categories. This week we are going to continue to define some of the more common disorders as we prepare the way for our solution based conversations later. In this episode of Lessons from the Screen, we continue our look at psychological disorders.
We’ve looked at what mental health is, we’ve looked at the disparities and issues with getting mental health services in the community, now it's time to look at what mental health disorders are and the symptoms they present. Because out of the top 7 barriers to treatment, only 1 has anything to do with issues not related to personal beliefs or societal fear.
40% of black people don’t get treatment because they are in denial, 38% are embarrassed or ashamed, 31% flat out refuse, 29% lack money or insurance, 17% are just plain scared, 17% don’t know what to do, and 12% are just hopeless. We are going to get to what can be done but right now we are still in the process of defining the problem. Because we believe that once the problem is thoroughly defined and identified, real steps can be taken towards solving it.
Last show we defined mental health and what makes someone mentally healthy. We talked about it being more than just the absence of illness but also the presence of balance and stability. This show we will be talking about a report produced in November of 2017 regarding some of the disparities and issues surrounding mental health in the Black Community. While I don’t agree with most comparisons being used for serious strategic planning, they do serve the purpose of providing context to numbers when the context is needed. As we continue on into Mental Health Awareness month we continue to hope that you will take everything you’re getting from the network and start a conversation around mental health in your circles. Conversations that spark action and changes to the world around you in a positive way.
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