Discuss about the Mental Health for Social Well-Being and Psychology.
Mental health may be termed as the level of an individual’s psychological well-being. They include an individual’s emotions, social well-being, and psychology. The psychological, mental well-being state may be termed as an individual’s ability to function at a satisfactory level in their behavior and emotion. Since, our mental well-being determines how we handle stress, make choices, and relate to others (Engdahl, 2010, p. 14). Therefore, mental health is quite significant in every person’s life despite the stage they are in whether childhood, adolescence all through adulthood. As a result, any negative experience causing mental health problems our behavior, thinking, and mood may be affected. They are several influences that underwrite to mental health concerns which include biological factors, life experiences, and genetics of mental disorders. However, despite the fact that mental health problems are common patients have continued to fully recover from the health complication creating need to develop awareness of mental health.
Due to the continued increase in mental health problems the Australian government and other stakeholders set aside a particular week every year to create awareness of the health issue (In Meadows, 2012, p. 22). Therefore, every year in October Americans and the world as a whole face the reality of living with a mental health condition. This takes place during the first week of October thus aiding to fight stigma, advocate for equal care, educate the public, and provide support to creating public awareness of the mental health condition. The government then coincides with the awareness week by setting an official World Mental Health Day which is on every 10th October (Western Australia, 2012, p. 18). During the week the government and various stakeholders will educate the public to learn more about specific mental health problems and the relevant places to find. Furthermore, the week plays a huge role in educating the public on the prevention and wellness of mental health.
Purpose of the Mental Health Week and what the government hopes to achieve
The mental health week was established in 1990 by the U.S. Congress. The week was established in recognition of efforts that the National Alliance on Mental Illness has developed to aid educate and increase awareness about mental health complications (Walker, 2012, p. 35). Among the purposes of the week is to discourage the myths about mental illness. The public has adopted myths to mental health which includes the perception of limited scope for effective treatment seeking that a person with a mental condition cannot recover from a mental illness. However, during this week the government and other stakeholders help to change perception to such a myth since mental health treatments can be effective. This has been proved by the fact that patients who suffered degenerative condition like dementia there is clear evidence when the patients are medicated and change their lifestyle they are significant effects witnessed on slowing the onset of the disease for some patients. Furthermore, the mental health week aids educate the public that mentally ill patients as purely fiefdom of mental health trusts. Therefore, people with a mental condition should be handled in a coordinated way despite their health conditions thus improving their lifestyles.
Furthermore, during the mental health week, the government and various stakeholders also work towards attaining progress on mental health (Mental Health Council of Australia, Mental Health Association, 2004, p. 43). Since the week seeks to create awareness during this time progress on mental health should be noted because patients are encouraged to seek medical advice. Moreover, mental health progress is also achieved when the members of the public are educated about common signs and symptoms that a patient is likely to suffer from mental illness which includes reducing stress. Working towards reducing stigma is very important since this will aid improve the patient’s lifestyle.
During the week the government and various stakeholders will also work towards publicizing clinicians for mental health. The government during this week also works towards equipping the public on where to find clinicians for mental health complications. Doing this will lessen patients the burden and even avoid them from exploitation when trying to reach a clinician for mental health complications (Western Australian Association for Mental Health, 2003, p. 53). The government and other stakeholders will also familiarize the public on first aids that can be performed to a patient before they seek medical attention.
Roles of the government and Non-government agencies in addressing mental health in Australia
The agencies in Australia are working towards providing a picture of the national response to mental health thus caring for the needs of the Australians. Therefore, the Australian government and other non-government agencies share a responsibility to address mental health policies thus providing support services for all Australians living with a mental disorder. The government and other non-government agencies are playing a significant role in the funding and provision of specialized mental health treatment (In Mason, In Gardner, In Outlaw, & In O'Grady, 2016, p. 43). Hence, they are playing a relevant role in ensuring that mental health treatment is administered to healthy patients thus equipping various health clinicians with relevant funds to help in treating the illness.
Secondly, the government and various non-government agencies are on the front line in ensuring that national mental health reform initiatives are actually carried out in the country. This includes providing a number of services to patients found suffering with mental health services (Vostanis, 2007, p. 11). By doing this, the government plays a relevant role in avoiding the stigma of patients suffering from the illness since they encouraged that the government is willing to help them by any means possible.
Subsequently, the Australian government and non-government agencies have played a relevant role in ensuring that several mental health reforms undertakings have been initiated. The series of reforms include transferring responsibility from the national government to the newly created Australian government’s Primary Health Networks (PHNs). The PHNs will then take up the roles of integrating mental health planning thus ensuring that patients with mental health disabilities are taken care of effectively to upgrade their medical condition.
Moreover, beyondblue a non-government agency which was established by Jeff Kennett with the funding from Commonwealth and Australia State government is playing a role in ensuring that there is a decrease in the prevalence of depression in all mental health patients (Bayat, 2015, p. 34). The organizational effectiveness has been confirmed by the 24-hour information helpline services that have been established to all mental health practitioners in Australia. Furthermore, other non-government agencies such as Carers Association of Australia, Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH), among other are playing significant roles in ensuring that mental illness in Australia is addressed accordingly thus helping patients cope with the disorder.
The Value of engaging community in mental health initiatives
Actively engaging the community with mental health initiatives has continued to be very useful in creating a positive stigma to mental health patients. When the community is invloved in mental health issues, they can frame mental issues. These have resulted in values such as health reforms (Duin, Nater, Anklesaria, & University of Minnesota, 2012, p. 62). Engaging the community has increased health reforms since patients who were earlier suffering from stigma can overcome stigma thus seeking medical attention.
Community engagement in health initiatives has demonstrated a sense of empowerment to the public. As a result, the healthier relationship with peers and participation in activities has improved. This is because the members of a community have been empowered to accept living with mental illnesses since it’s a normal complication like other health complications (Deravin-Malone & Anderson, 2016, p. 44). Furthermore, empowering the members of the community has also played a relevant in enhancing the need to seek treatment when one is suffering from mental illnesses.
On the other hand, engaging the community has played a significant role in overcoming myths in the community such as a myth that mental disorders are not curable. When the society is actively involved in mental health initiatives patients, have continued to overcome myths in the society since they have been able to be encouraged to seek medical attention (Francis, 2014, p. 53). As a result, the government and non-government agencies can comfortably improve healthcare to the affected patients.
Moreover, the community has been equipped with relevant knowledge on how to handle first aid to a person who has mental illness and the possible signs and symptoms (Kemshall, 2008, p. 11). This has helped members of the society educated on the signs and symptoms of the likely hood to suffer from mental illnesses. As a result, members of the community are now vigilant since they have also been equipped with relevant knowledge that will help them assess their health status.
Health practitioners after engaging with the community they can get a greater understanding of the members of the community strengths and weaknesses learning new skills to approaching problems. Equipping themselves with strategies that will help them in dealing with mental health challenges in the community thus been able to handle mental complications efficiently. Furthermore, various government agencies and non-government after direct interactions with the society they acquire direct feedback which enhances their skills in delivering mental health care.
Role and impact of the media in mental health promotion
Recently, the media has been seen to play important functions in the promotion of mental health. Since a large number of people in the community are using media technologies (In Mucic & In Hilty, 2016, p. 33). However, the media has both positive and negative impact depending on the information people are sharing regarding mental health. Nevertheless, the media has played an active role in creating awareness of mental health diseases. Media has made it possible to exchange information regarding creating awareness since it’s only a click away to develop information from the internet.
Subsequently, the media has played an active role in ensuring that the society is equipped with knowledge about mental illness. Media has made it possible to receive all types of information regarding the mental disorder. As a result, members of the society are now equipped with the relevant knowledge needed for awareness of the illness. Furthermore, the media has outlined how to cope and seek medical advice once you suffer signs and symptoms linked to mental disorders.
Thirdly, the media has played a major role in ensuring that mental health patients do not suffer stigma (Bauman & Rivers, 2015, p. 43). The media has made mental disorders sound like any other health complication. Patients can now seek treatment without fear of isolation and rejection. Furthermore, the media is teaching on the importance of taking care of mental people with a mental health condition since they have encouraged their empowerment resulting to positive change towards their behavior.
On the other hand, the media has negatively influenced and impacted mental health disorders. Often, social media has been seen to significantly criticize people with mental health condition (Rogers, 2014, p. 32). This has discouraged them from seeking medical attention since they are afraid of social criticism. Moreover, mental disorders in some communities have been viewed as a curse. Thus patients who suffer from these disorders have been kept in isolation hindering them from seeking treatment.
The internet has been identified as a source of misleading information about mental health. Misleading information about mental health has been seen to be shared via the internet. This has resulted in transferring of false information across our society yet the government and various stakeholders have laid down strategies to aid in improving mental health. As a result, mentally challenged patients are finding it difficult to access healthcare.
In conclusion, the Australian government, non-government agencies, and the world have played a significant role in achieving and creating awareness of mental disorders. The establishment of strategies such as the mental health week has created awareness, empowered, and educated the society on mental health. Furthermore, engaging the community has helped mental patients cope with the illness like any other illness despite claims that mental disorders are as a result of myths. On the other hand, social media has played a large role in creating awareness positively since patients can retrieve the information they need regarding mental health on the internet. However, mental illness can be viewed as any other health complications since patients of mental health have continued to recover and can now cope with the changing world since their complications can be easily handled in the current society. Nevertheless, everyone is expected to take up personal responsibility to stop mental health stigma, on the contrary, create it’s awareness thus encouraging mental patients to seek medical care.
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