Why care about mental health?

An introduction to my blog

I didn’t really take the time to think about my mental health until I got to college. Until that point, I knew ‘mental health’ as an area of concern for a particular category of people: those who saw therapists or specialists, or those who dealt with depression or anxiety. These were concepts that I’d learned about in school, but were not things I truly understood. In my eighteen-year-old mind, those who worried about mental health were in a world apart from mine.

This all changed after my first quarter of college, when, for the first time in my life, I was forced to face a significant amount of unexpected stress. After staying up for hours at night, not being able to focus on my coursework; not being able to eat and feeling like I had a giant hole in my heart. For the first time, I found myself feeling helpless, even scared. More than anything, I found myself feeling ashamed: suddenly, I needed the same kind of support I had previously stigmatized.

It’s embarrassing to me now that, at one point in time, I thought of mental health care as something I didn’t need. But, I’m so grateful for the lesson that I got to learn from this experience: not everyone needs to see a mental health specialist in their life time, but everyone should care about mental health, and it shouldn’t take a stressful event to realize it’s importance.

At the time of this event, I found myself surrounded by closed doors: the university counseling office was booked out for weeks and wasn’t taking appointments, and I couldn’t get myself to reach out to my friends to sit down with me and talk about my stress because I felt like they had already heard enough about it and didn’t need to hear anymore. There was a call service that I heard about later on, but talking to someone you don’t know over the phone just isn’t the same as getting help face to face, in person. What do you do when you don’t know what to do? I realized that by choosing to be blissfully unaware of the health care that was probably most important, I created barriers for myself in accessing it, barriers which took time and maturity to conquer.

Luckily, I had a loving group of friends and my family who never gave up on me, and got me through a few very difficult months. I was lucky to have people in my life who knew better than I did at the time. And although I thanked my friends and family as many times as I possibly could, they had one common response: “that’s why we’re here”.

“That’s why we are here.”

That’s why we are here, in a massive group, approx. 7 billion strong. We aren’t here to judge, categorize and stigmatize, as I once did. We are here, together, because although each of us can only look at the world through one pair of eyes, we have the ability to think, understand, and most importantly, to show empathy. And taking the time to understand the mentalities of the people around us, no matter how different they might be from our own, is one of the best ways to improve mental health.

So, why care about mental health? Because you deserve access to help when you need it. You deserve to know where to get help, and who you can talk to. You deserve to be the best version of yourself, because your good mental health helps you to be the best version of yourself. And most importantly, because by taking care of your mental health, you can do your duty of helping your loved ones take care of theirs.

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  1. Millionaire's Digest says:

    Hello Aarti,

    I recently received your application requesting to become a writer for our magazine with a few questions on it and I’m here to help get them answered for you.

    Now, for your first question about if you can post the same articles that you have for the magazine to your own blog the answer yes. We don’t control what you can and can’t post on your blog/website, we only control we gets published on ours. However, just keep in mind, though, that if you want to surprise your readers that you got your articles published in a magazine, it would be highly recommended that you wait and tell them afterwards, but that is completely up to you!

    Finally, for your second question you asked that as part of the Millionaire Digest, will it be articles from your blog that are taken for the magazine too. I’m kind of confused what you meant but I’m assuming you meant if you could submit articles that you’ve previously already written out and published on your blog to be featured in our magazine and the answer is no, and I don’t say that to be mean or anything. It’s just sometimes we will get those people who submit articles that may not be relevant to the season, date, theme, time, or idea that the magazine focuses on.

    For example, take our Travel Magazine. If it’s summer and someone submits an article they’ve previously written on their blog about where the best places to stay and visit are during the month of December when snow is falling on the ground. It wouldn’t make sense to publish an article written about the winter when were in the month of August and the other 52 magazine writers have written their article focused on Summer. Does that make sense in a way?

    Also, I haven’t accepted your request yet because I wanted to make sure that I got your questions answered for you first, before I do that. After than then I will accept it and add you to our list full of magazine writers!

    Sincerely,
    K&L

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    1. Aarti says:

      Hi,
      Both of these answers make sense to me! Thank you

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      1. Millionaire's Digest says:

        Okay! Now that we have that taken care of I have accepted your request to become a writer for our Health & Fitness Magazine!

        Now what happens next is that there really is nothing that happens next. Another words, there is no invitation that you have to go and check to confirm. This is just my letter as the CEO, to let you know that you have been accepted as a writer for our magazine!

        The only thing that changes now is that at the beginning of every month (usually on the first day), you will want to make sure to check your email as you will receive our magazine invitation which will include the following:
        -Which magazine edition(s) that we are coming out with.
        -Who the magazine(s) are for. (Which magazine writers is it for.)
        -Where to go to submit your articles.
        -How to submit your articles.
        -When the last day is to turn in your articles.
        -How long your articles need to be.
        -And everything else that you will have questions for.

        Other than that, if you have any other questions, you’re always welcome to ask me, and I will help make sure to get them answered for you.

        Have a nice rest of the day and thank you!

        Sincerely,
        K&L
        Millionaire’s Digest Magazine Founder & CEO

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      2. Aarti says:

        Hi,
        I’ve been waiting for that email, and I haven’t gotten anything yet. I’ve been checking the email that’s associated with my blog. Is that what I should be doing? Where and when should I expect that email?

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  2. Millionaire's Digest says:

    Hello Aarti,

    This is K&L, and I’m really sorry for responding to you this late. I was running late with everyone and ended up having some things I was going through, and so I am just now getting caught back up. Anyway, I did get the email sent out to everyone last night, and as I’m looking right now, I see that you have received it and opened it, and so I hope this helps answers your question.

    If you have any other questions, feel free to ask me and I will make sure to help get them answered for you.

    Sincerely,
    K&L
    Millionaire’s Digest Magazine Founder & CEO

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  3. Robt says:

    I do accept as true with all of the ideas you’ve presented on your post.
    They are very convincing and can definitely work.
    Nonetheless, the posts are very quick for novices. May you please extend them a bit from subsequent time?
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    1. Aarti says:

      Hi, thanks for your thoughts! I’m always glad to hear what others have to say about my writing. Could you explain to me what you mean by that my post is quick for a novice and that I should extend it? I don’t think that I understood that part. Thank you again for the feedback.
      Take care,
      Aarti

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