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.

 

References:

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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Mood board for May

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I have been doing mood boards for over a year now, the concept is me giving some information about what I did that month that is connected with this photos (that I rebloged onto my Tumblr, if you want to check it out it’s girlonfire-youtube-lover). The mood board of the month is going live on the last week of that month!


I have to admit that it’s getting pretty hard to write new stuff on these, but I guess I am pulling it of still (kind of). I’m pretty sure that I have repeated some things a few times, but who cares, right?

This month I have been really loving my nails and nail polish, which is a rare case if you know me. 

I cannot way for the day when I can sleep in all day and not have to do anything for the whole day. 

On the similar note I am going on a short vacation (if you can even call it that) in the end of June. I have to be in Zagreb for my entrance exam 1st of July so I am going a few days before to kind of distress after my final exams (a total of 5). 

Oh, and also as soon as I get back from Zagreb I am working, so I really need to get some rest there. 

I save old roses. I have an old bouquet on my desk and I don’t even care how it looks, it’s cute to me. 

I cannot wait to go to the beach again, when I find the time to do so. 

Excited to bring more colours in my wardrobe, currently I am loving pink more than ever before. 

Last year’s May mood board – HERE
Previous Mood Boards —> HERE

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Movies I want to see

So, since I want to make the most of my last summer after high school and before college, I decided to make a list of movies I want to see this summer.We made it!.jpg

The list is going to include some new movies and some old ones. Of course it can always be widen by new movies ( whether some new movies come out or by your suggestions, so be welcome to note some of your favourite movies in the comments ). This list is probably going to be unrealistically big considering the amount of free time at my hand, but I will still try to check as many of these movies as I can. Because it is now or never!

Without further ado here comes the list:

  • Baywatch
  • Suicide Squad
  • Dirty Grandpa
  • Autopsy of Jane Doe
  • Pirates of Caribbean: Salazars Revenge
  • Everything, Everything
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • The Fallen
  • La La Land
  • Moonlight
  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • It’s Kind Of a Funny Story
  • Her
  • The Host
  • Split
  • Personal Shopper
  • The Spectacular Now
  • Gone Girl
  • The Danish Girl
  • 17 Again
  • Juno
  • Warm Bodies
  • Life of Pi
  • The Help
  • Black Swan

 

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About my prom

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Welcome to my prom post! This is just going to be a quick overview of the event.

So my prom was 13.05.2017 (Saturday) and I am just now recovering from lack of sleep and the amount of dancing caused by it. As you can see we had it in a beautiful location, one of the best hotels in our town. The day was perfect and sunny, we couldn’t have picked a better day to celebrate.

Now as for the fashion. My dress is dark blue with see-through and crystal details, both in front and back. I loved the idea of bare back and a dress that just follows my silhouette. This dress if from La Perla and I absolutely adore it to death! My shoes, that you cannot really see in any of these photos, are plain silver 10 cm heels from a brand called Sweet Shoes and I got them in a local store, but they could probably be found online as well. Earrings are white gold with swarovski crystals as well as my ring. My nail polish is a metallic one that I found literally the day before in a drugstore for something cheap. It’s essence and I have to tell you it really lasts a long time, but you do need 3 layers to get this colour. I also had one of those backless, strapless bras that you just stick on and pull up and I believe it did a good job, of course there where a lot of sweating but it lasted! I also had a gliterry silver bag that I bought but I have no idea what brand it is, but I am sure there is a million bags just like this one anywhere you go.

That’s pretty much it that I have to say, I hope you liked this short post about my prom. I had a blast, I stayed up all night and came home in the morning. Sleep deprivation is still happening, but it was definitely worth it!

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