Outreach programs are a beneficial tool in our society. Through these programs, we can conduct information drives that help educate the public, feeding programs that can decrease malnutrition and starvation, and mental health drives that connect people to counselors and therapists that can help them through their darkest days. No matter the reason for the outreach, the goal is always to help the community and serve the people around us. This is our best chance to help and lighten the burdens and trials of our fellow men.
There have been many outreach programs that have been launched to help address the mental health concerns of many communities. To better understand why it is vital for communities to conduct these outreach programs, we must first understand what mental health is.
Mental health is the level of psychological well-being or an absence of a mental health issue. It can also be the state of functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment. In simpler terms, it is the state of our mind how we are mental. Our mental state can be affected by many factors such as stress, fatigue, abuse, and/or trauma. These factors can play a huge role in how our mental state is at the moment.
A lowered mental state can lead us to many other issues such as a serious decline in physical health, loss of relationships, isolation, and in some cases, it can lead to death when left untreated. So, we go back to the question, why is it important for us to conduct outreach programs explicitly catering to mental health issues or mental health? Well, the most straightforward answer is because right now, mental health issues such as depression are already one of the leading causes of death around the world. It is up there, along with heart attacks, strokes, and cancers.
So we must address this issue as best as we can to avoid adding more statistics. To give you an idea of how bad it is getting, suicide is the third leading cause of death for those ages 15-19, and half of the mental health issues start by the age of 14. These are mostly left undiagnosed and untreated. Moreover, did you know that according to an article published by the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health conditions account for 16% of the global burden of disease and injury in people aged 10–19 years? Imagine ten-year-old children going through mental health issues and struggles, and yet most of these cases are left untreated.
A community must show signs of support and understanding to people who are experiencing a mental health issue. As research has shown, people who live in communities that are supportive and accepting have decreased cases of mental health issues. This is because when a person feels supported and understood by the people around them, this makes them feel better about their situation. This helps them release the burden of their stress, anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues.
No man can ever live in this world in complete isolation. We eventually will need someone who we can trust and who understands that we are struggling to come out into the world and become the best version of ourselves. So, it is important that we can spot different signs of mental health issues and help anyone who is going through this struggle. We should never make anyone feel like they have to go through their pain alone.
Conducting these mental health outreach programs can help our community to become stronger and more united as we stand together to fight this giant. If ever you are feeling like you are starting to lose a struggle, do not hesitate to reach out and ask for help. There will always be someone out there who is willing to listen and is willing to help you get back on your feet. Right now, the struggle may seem heavy and hard, but when you start to reach out to people and seek their help, you will start to feel a weight come off of your shoulders.
You do not need to face these trials alone. When you need help, seek help. We can always find a way for you to see life differently, but it is also important that you know that your feelings are perfectly valid. How you may feel now cannot be disregarded or minimized by anyone. If you are one of the strong people who have recovered from a mental health issue, I hope that you are doing your best to be able to help those who are not as fortunate as you to gain access to the help they require. In the end, the community will help each other, and no man is left behind.