For many years the topic of mental health has been a subject that has been less understood and therefore pushed away by everyone from patients through to the medical professionals who claim expertise in this.
Now after years of ignoring it, or prescribing medication for it, people are only just beginning to understand this complex matter and looking at better solutions to cure it, other than medicines.
This is good news for all, but as a result, statistics show that more than ever, there are people with mental health issues, but I think this is a result of more people recognising it and more people reporting it. The numbers were always this high, just that nobody bothered to track it and report it.
This means that there are more and more people diagnosed with a mental health issue and in the UK alone, it’s as high as 1 in 4 people. However, the range is large, ranging from mild stress to full on psychosis. It does also mean that with the increase in diagnosis, there are more people willing to trial new forms of fixes and as a result ideas like mindfulness and meditation become relevant in the discussion.
This is good news because it shows that there are many different methods of aiding mental health that people can go and try and our angle is that self reflection is also a helpful and meditative process that can heal various conditions and thoughts associated with mental health disorders.
The process of self-reflection may be considered to be a slow process, as it requires time to think or talk through the problems, however it has been shown to work very well because the underlying presumption is that the patient themselves know the answers to their problems, and can coax it out and thereby cure themselves.
This is not so wild as you might imagine, often when people go to psychologists or therapists etc, they are merely getting someone to guide their thoughts to the answers using a clear path of questioning. We think that you can achieve the same results by being honest with yourself and questioning everything about yourself.
This can lead you down some dark thoughts and paths and sometimes you might not want to recognise certain ideas that you might have about yourself, but the path to true clarity of mind is to know yourself thoroughly. If you don’t know yourself, it’s hard to know what is your true version of reality, or some poorly perceived version of it based on false assumptions and underlying mental health issues.
In conclusion, the rise of mental health as a talking point is good news for everyone because it means that those with mental health issues can feel more comfortable talking about it and getting help, and those who don’t even know they might have an issue will have far more information to make a determination earlier if they are suffering. Everyone benefits, and society as a whole improves.
Even if you don’t have mental health issues, self reflection should be a key part of your personal growth because of the intrinsic benefits that it can bring. Even healthy minds can do with more training and practice, you can never have enough clarity and honesty with yourself.