Did you know that more than 200 million people all over the world have mental disorders, most of which suffer from depression? As people get more and more easily dissatisfied and more difficult to please, the need to care for people’s mental health through a mental health community becomes increasingly more important.
Mental or psychological health is an important aspect of an individual’s total well-being, as it affects and is affected by the physical and social dimensions of a person’s life. It has something to do with a person’s ability to contribute to something meaningful to one’s community and live a productive and fruitful life, and at the same time be able to cope with normal stresses of everyday life.
As people are exposed to different kinds of stress, and since accidents and traumas choose no specific individual, all kinds of people are vulnerable to mental illnesses and disorders, which can be caused by traumatic experiences, injuries or even old age. But no matter what kind of mental illness a person happens to have, there are always ways to help a person recover and go back to living his or her normal life.
Aside from going through psychological treatments under the care of psychiatrists or getting medication in the form of psychoactive drugs, joining a mental health community is also a good way of helping people achieve a mentally healthy life.
Such a community provides a better option for patients as it offers a more positive and caring environment compared to a mental hospital. In this community, the lives of people with mental disorders could be improved in a better way since they are exposed to their actual communities and in some way, family therapy expands to a bigger context. Not only will the caretakers be the ones informed about the situation, but the neighborhood and the whole community as well. There is hope of lessening or eliminating the stigma against mental illness and preventive intervention measures are made viable too.
In line with this, a mental health social network is an online community where people with mental illness could register and communicate to others with a similar condition as theirs in a safe environment. The participants of such a social network can make themselves anonymous so that there will be no threat of feeling embarrassed or taken advantage of about their situation. There is an exchange of information, experiences, knowledge and opinions about the participants’ lives and this network becomes a venue for them not only to express themselves but also establish new relationships that could give them a sense of belongingness.
Not only those with mental disorders could join a mental health social network; in fact some members include doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and other health care professionals who offer their help and reach out to patients. Loving relatives, caregivers and volunteers may also be present in these networks and ensure that the participants get all the help they could get.
True enough, a positive and caring environment would help anyone live a happier and more fulfilling life. Mental problems and disorders can be treated, and they are best treated when people realize that they are not alone and there are real people who care.