Mental illness and mental health


    Mental illness, or also known as a mental disorder is a topic that has been getting more media coverage in the last decade, but when it comes to the solution and general knowledge the “invisible” problem of all mental illnesses we did not really come that far. The words that best describe the circumstances of why it is important to dispute about mental illness and mental health are the words from Director-General of WHO: “Mental health has been hidden behind a curtain of stigma and discrimination for too long. It is time to bring it out into the open.”  (2003:3)  This essay will, therefore, try to address the problem and break the stigma that surrounds mental illness by trying to present importance of mental health to our everyday lives.

   The biggest misunderstandings and stigma about mental illness are due to the fact that it is not a visible sickness, a person can have depression, anxiety etc. and on the first look seem healthy and well. That is, why when dealing with mental illnesses, we have to be extra cautious to actually recognize signs of particular disorders. The importance of this lays in prevention and a lot of it has to do with suicide prevention, especially if we are talking about depression. Suicide prevention sometimes has more to do with people surrounding the person than experts in the psychology field since quite often patients do not ask for help directly and this is where the education about mental illnesses is crucial and to know about it means to talk about it, without stigma.

    In this day and age, it seems that mental health comes as a low priority on everyone’s lists, but to lead a healthy life the concept of mental health needs to be taken into the equation as one of the key factors. The World Health Organization defined mental health as:  “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. ” (2003:7) They also stress the importance of levelling the scales between physical and mental scale, something that the world is not thinking about enough. Mental health affects the whole society, not only those who have it impaired and that is why awareness about this situation is needed and some actions should be taken immediately.

   On the topic of prevention and education, we can also talk about preventing mental illnesses altogether. For example, training teachers and parents to recognize potential problems has proven to be effective in prevention (WHO, 2003). Depression is one of the most common mental disorders, affecting around 340 million people all over the world (WHO, 2004) and solely for that reason educating about positive thinking and improving problem-solving skills can better a lot of lives, as well as save them.

    In conclusion, mental illness is a universal problem that has been surrounded by stigma and not treated as a proper illness, when compared to physical illnesses. Mental health is a key factor in leading a healthy life and promoting it needs to be a measure taken by public institutions like schools which will lead to breaking the stigma of mental illness.



World Health Organization, Preventing Mental Disorders: Effective Interventions and Policy Options, Summary Report, (2004) France

World Health Organization, Investing in Mental Health, (2003) Nove Impressions, Switzerland

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Tips on surviving the rest of your summer

So, today I decided to tell you my tips for surviving summer. They probably won’t help you that much, but if you already started reading you will might as well read the rest of it now that you’re here.

1. Deodorant. Lots of it.
2. If you are going to the beach or just trying to get a tan use a lot of sun cream because if you burn you will feel this heat wave hundred times more intense.
3. Water is important. Not just for staying hydrated, also for your skin! Bring a bottle everywhere and make yourself drink because when you feel you are thirsty it’s already late.
4. If you are wearing makeup and you have oily to combination skin, use a primer and/or compact powder. I usually use both, especially if I am going to work.
5. Make a summer playlist, or just find one. I recommend this one – summer playlist. (haha, I know it’s not funny)
6. Either eat a lot of fruit or buy vitamin supplements.
7. Don’t drink on an empty stomach, especially in the day if you are exposed to a lot of sun. Sun and alcohol are never a good combo.
8. Get as much sleep as you can, when you can.
9. Try something new.
10. Enjoy in things you cannot usually do whilst you have some free time.
11. Do something spontaneously.
12. Catch up on your favourite TV shows, and all those movies you missed.
13. Treat yourself, you deserved it.
14. Always look for a place that has an AC.
15. Also related to makeup, find some oily control paper. They are an instant saver.
16. Try not to walk alone late at night. You never know what could happen. Call a taxi!
17. Find a new hobby. Last year I started this blog at the end of the summer and now I already have a schedule for this blog. So you never know what a hobby can become.

So that will be it for now. Thank you for reading this semi-useful guide on surviving the rest of your summer and sorry for wasting you time 😉


SO GOOD BYE FOR NOW, MY FRIENDS (if anyone is even reading)