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As
many of us have experienced at least once a year, we all go through annual
checkups at our doctor’s office. The nurse is very careful of vital signs,
weight changes or any physical changes that may have occurred over a span of
time. Many of us really think if they consider our mental health. Along with
physical health and the assessment of our bodies, mental health is a very
important as well. A healthy body is useless without a healthy mind. Good
mental health provides us with a feeling of well-being and gives us the
strength we need to face the challenges of everyday life. According to the
federal Department of Health and Human Services estimates that only 17 percent
of the U.S population is functioning at optimal mental health—and one in five
people live with a diagnosable mental health condition at any given time
(CDC,2013).

            Madalyn
Parker made a difference when it came to standing up and making it clear that
mental health is crucial. She works for a major corporation as a web develops
in Ann Arbor, Michigan and took the big step on taking a few days off. She
emailed her colleagues to say she was using her sick days to focus on her
mental health and come back fresh. Her CEO, Ben Congleton, answered her email
stating:

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I
just wanted to personally thank you for sending emails like this—every time you
do, I use it as a reminder of the importance of using sick days for mental
health—I can’t believe this is not standard practice at all organizations. You
are an example to us all and help cut through the stigma so we can bring our
whole selves to work.” (Morin,2017).

Parker felt moved by the
response she received from her boss and decided to share her positive response
on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Before she knew it, her story and
screenshots of her email went viral and started discussion across social media
and how mental health should be taken into consideration in the workplace.

    When taking a sick day off from work,
people assume you are sick with the flu or a doctor’s appointment because
you’re sick.  Your coworkers and boss
would never call you weak but would say, “hope you get better.” So why is it
when someone with a mental health issue has a breakdown, is automatically
called weak. Mental health doesn’t seem to get the same respect as physical
illness. People with mental illness are constantly told to get over it when
struggling with diseases such as anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, etc.

Like I mentioned before mental health is a part of our overall health and
should be taken as important as our physical health. Madalyn was very lucky to
have an employer that supported her decision to take control of her mental
health instead of her coming into work and not being to perform up to her best
ability.

            In
India, mental health is seen very differently. India has the highest number of
suicides in the world. According to the World Health Organization, of 804,000
suicides recorded worldwide in 2012; 258,000 occurs in India. Indian youths
between the ages of 15 and 29 years old killed themselves at a rate of
35.5deaths per 100,000 (CDC,2013). India has a belief that children who are
raised in a certain environment are predisposed to any behaviors they may
display in the future.  Dr. Patel, from
Harvard Medical School, had the opportunity to attend a world congress meeting
on Adolescent health and was able to explain the facts he researched on a trip
he made to India. Below is his statement:

Children
coming in conflict with the law is almost always the result of social deprivation.

The effects of social deprivation affect the child’s ability to understand what
is socially acceptable and what is anti-social. For example, if a child grows
up in a family where the mother is being regularly beaten or the father is an
alcoholic or grows up in a neighborhood where theft and violence are routine,
this is going to affect the way s/he interacts with other people
(Firstpost,2017).

He states that India has
realized that their mental health in the population is deteriorating. Instead
of the Indian government offering more services to their people in order to
better mental health. The Indian government ordered cutbacks in the health
budget, nearly almost 20 percent. Now you may ask yourself why doesn’t this
matter? Well currently, India only had one psychiatrist for every 343,000
Indians (Board,2014). It is almost impossible for them to keep up with their
patients and try to reduce the suicide rates. Currently pending, India
announced their intentions of starting a new policy that provides universal
mental health services. It awaits the approval by parliament, and if approved
it would be very beneficial to the country in efforts of decreasing their
mental illness cases (MedCity News,2014).

            Comparison
between the resources available in India and the United States is very
different. We have to grateful that we have the availability of all types of
physicians and have the opportunity to even have free services depending on the
eligibility of our insurance. We have hotlines such as the National Suicide
Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255). (NIH,2017) We are also able to walk into
some hospitals and receive treatment even without having insurance. In
comparison to India, health insurance is seen as not being a right. If they
want treatment, they have to be able to pay for it out of pocket. It isn’t as
flexible to receive medical attention without being judged by the background
the Indian people grew up in. We need to appreciate that we are living in a
country, where all it takes is the desire to better yourself and the help of
our resources in order to better our health.

            Stable mental health leads to the happiness and success
of a person. Our society does not value our mental health as it should be. A
result of mental health not being considered as important as physical health is
due to misconceptions and knowledge deficit. It is our job as future nurses, to
educate the public with the fact that mental health includes our emotions, psychological
and social well-being. It affects how we think and act. And when mental health
problems are ever to arise– we need to be reassured that help is available and
that people don’t have to ever go through it alone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As
many of us have experienced at least once a year, we all go through annual
checkups at our doctor’s office. The nurse is very careful of vital signs,
weight changes or any physical changes that may have occurred over a span of
time. Many of us really think if they consider our mental health. Along with
physical health and the assessment of our bodies, mental health is a very
important as well. A healthy body is useless without a healthy mind. Good
mental health provides us with a feeling of well-being and gives us the
strength we need to face the challenges of everyday life. According to the
federal Department of Health and Human Services estimates that only 17 percent
of the U.S population is functioning at optimal mental health—and one in five
people live with a diagnosable mental health condition at any given time
(CDC,2013).

            Madalyn
Parker made a difference when it came to standing up and making it clear that
mental health is crucial. She works for a major corporation as a web develops
in Ann Arbor, Michigan and took the big step on taking a few days off. She
emailed her colleagues to say she was using her sick days to focus on her
mental health and come back fresh. Her CEO, Ben Congleton, answered her email
stating:

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I
just wanted to personally thank you for sending emails like this—every time you
do, I use it as a reminder of the importance of using sick days for mental
health—I can’t believe this is not standard practice at all organizations. You
are an example to us all and help cut through the stigma so we can bring our
whole selves to work.” (Morin,2017).

Parker felt moved by the
response she received from her boss and decided to share her positive response
on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Before she knew it, her story and
screenshots of her email went viral and started discussion across social media
and how mental health should be taken into consideration in the workplace.

    When taking a sick day off from work,
people assume you are sick with the flu or a doctor’s appointment because
you’re sick.  Your coworkers and boss
would never call you weak but would say, “hope you get better.” So why is it
when someone with a mental health issue has a breakdown, is automatically
called weak. Mental health doesn’t seem to get the same respect as physical
illness. People with mental illness are constantly told to get over it when
struggling with diseases such as anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, etc.

Like I mentioned before mental health is a part of our overall health and
should be taken as important as our physical health. Madalyn was very lucky to
have an employer that supported her decision to take control of her mental
health instead of her coming into work and not being to perform up to her best
ability.

            In
India, mental health is seen very differently. India has the highest number of
suicides in the world. According to the World Health Organization, of 804,000
suicides recorded worldwide in 2012; 258,000 occurs in India. Indian youths
between the ages of 15 and 29 years old killed themselves at a rate of
35.5deaths per 100,000 (CDC,2013). India has a belief that children who are
raised in a certain environment are predisposed to any behaviors they may
display in the future.  Dr. Patel, from
Harvard Medical School, had the opportunity to attend a world congress meeting
on Adolescent health and was able to explain the facts he researched on a trip
he made to India. Below is his statement:

Children
coming in conflict with the law is almost always the result of social deprivation.

The effects of social deprivation affect the child’s ability to understand what
is socially acceptable and what is anti-social. For example, if a child grows
up in a family where the mother is being regularly beaten or the father is an
alcoholic or grows up in a neighborhood where theft and violence are routine,
this is going to affect the way s/he interacts with other people
(Firstpost,2017).

He states that India has
realized that their mental health in the population is deteriorating. Instead
of the Indian government offering more services to their people in order to
better mental health. The Indian government ordered cutbacks in the health
budget, nearly almost 20 percent. Now you may ask yourself why doesn’t this
matter? Well currently, India only had one psychiatrist for every 343,000
Indians (Board,2014). It is almost impossible for them to keep up with their
patients and try to reduce the suicide rates. Currently pending, India
announced their intentions of starting a new policy that provides universal
mental health services. It awaits the approval by parliament, and if approved
it would be very beneficial to the country in efforts of decreasing their
mental illness cases (MedCity News,2014).

            Comparison
between the resources available in India and the United States is very
different. We have to grateful that we have the availability of all types of
physicians and have the opportunity to even have free services depending on the
eligibility of our insurance. We have hotlines such as the National Suicide
Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255). (NIH,2017) We are also able to walk into
some hospitals and receive treatment even without having insurance. In
comparison to India, health insurance is seen as not being a right. If they
want treatment, they have to be able to pay for it out of pocket. It isn’t as
flexible to receive medical attention without being judged by the background
the Indian people grew up in. We need to appreciate that we are living in a
country, where all it takes is the desire to better yourself and the help of
our resources in order to better our health.

            Stable mental health leads to the happiness and success
of a person. Our society does not value our mental health as it should be. A
result of mental health not being considered as important as physical health is
due to misconceptions and knowledge deficit. It is our job as future nurses, to
educate the public with the fact that mental health includes our emotions, psychological
and social well-being. It affects how we think and act. And when mental health
problems are ever to arise– we need to be reassured that help is available and
that people don’t have to ever go through it alone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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