As we enter the new year even further, I want to keep the conversation around mental health going. So, let’s talk about Mental Health in 2024!
When it comes to mental health, it isn’t easy to know where to start. The topic is so vast and it will always be evolving. In the past few years, it’s been thrown into the spotlight. This coming via both the news and the pandemic that engulfed our lives in the last few years. Ironically for me, the idea of mental health didn’t hit me until the later started.
Learning more about mental health, let alone my own was daunting. I remember the first time I realized that it was becoming an issue for me. I was working remotely (as many of us were at the time) and I felt pangs of nerves, depression, and isolation. Never had I given much thought to my own feelings despite having similar feelings as a teenager when I was struggling with my sexuality. I remember that during that time I felt isolated and depressed. Thankfully, I wasn’t having suicidal thoughts and thankfully I wasn’t having them this time either.
The news was a different story altogether. Every time I watched a news story about a school or mass shooting it made me think about what the person was going through. Clearly, there were times when the person was just a bad person. Other times, I firmly believe they must have had some type of mental health issue going on. I’m specifically thinking about school shootings.
Here’s an Example
Let me give an example of what I mean. Much of the time when it comes to school shootings, the student in question often has been bullied or otherwise been put in negative situations by other students. This can and will often create the feelings of loneliness, isolation, and depression. I’m not trying to justify what these kids eventually do. Please don’t think that. What I’m trying to do is understand that frequently there is more to the story than what appears. This is where mental health comes into play.
I firmly believe that kids need time to talk about what they’re going through. You may want to say, “well, there are guidance counselors, they can go to them.” You’re not wrong. The issue is that if a student/kid doesn’t feel comfortable or safe at school due to what his or her peers are putting them through, there’s no guarantee that they’ll feel safe with the counselor either. In my humble opinion, there needs to be better resources to address mental health across all areas of life. This is especially true when it comes to the school environment.
Mental Health in 2024
With all the above information out there, I want to get back to why mental health is still on my mind for 2024. In the new year, I want to be more conscious of my own struggles as well as others. I’m hoping to facilitate my goals by using one of my favorite websites, Calm. I can meditate and focus on my mental health goals for the year in a way that works for me. If you want to know more about Calm, check out my review here.
For more info on mental health, check out this article from May of 2023! Well, that’s it for this week. Until next time, be well and namaste!