Mental health is as important as physical health
By Liz Collings
In a world where combat video games and superhero movies are a daily feature in homes, we often lose a sense of reality. What does it mean to have courage? Who really knows defeat? How do we recognize pain and struggle? What does it look like? With all of the modern-day distractions, comforts, and luxuries, why does the human condition seem to ever decline? The prevalence of depression, suicide, PTSD (and other anxieties) and substance abuse keep climbing and many sufferers are untreated and undiagnosed.
Our ancestors look on with little empathy and exclaim “you have nothing to complain about, you didn’t have to plow a 20-acre field, milk the goat and bring in the cows in the freezing cold.” Many believe that all the talk of mental illness and disorders is a cop-out or an excuse to avoid work or discomfort.
I believe that this mentality can, unfortunately, feed an ever-growing problem rather than offer productive solutions.
Unfortunately for so many, their scars and wounds are not visible or physically treatable with bandages, splints or ointments. They are attachment ruptures, which are far more painful and chronic than any physical injury. I find it ironic that many rushes to the doctor at the first onset of a cold and yet very few seek mental help even when suffering from severe trauma and emotional stress.
At Utah Family Therapy, provide a safe haven. A place to work together on finding greater balance, stability, and emotional & mental health. We are all battling a unique set of struggles and we encourage individuals to reach out for support and help.
“A HERO is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles”
– Christopher Reeve (The original Superman).