Mental health is a vital part of human existence and is essential to the overall well-being of societies. Mental health acknowledgment, prevention, and treatment are essential for a healthy society and healthy citizens. Unfortunately, mental health issues are often neglected and misunderstood by most societies, resulting in the development of numerous adverse effects. Those effects can be witnessed on a global level, as well as on a local, national, and even family level. Mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, addiction, and eating disorders, are becoming increasingly prevalent in our society. Consequently, there are a number of adverse effects that are developing in connection with these issues. They are as follows.
First, mental health problems increase the risk of medical illnesses and compromise the physical health of individuals. Health conditions including obesity, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer are all potentially linked to a person’s mental health. Additionally, individuals living with mental health issues have a higher risk of developing infections, along with a weakening of the immune system.
Second, the symptomatic behavior associated with many mental illnesses reduces productivity and has a great effect on economic development. Low levels of education attainment, unemployment, and underemployment are very commonly associated with mental health matters. This lack of productivity is not limited to the workforce; it can even play a role in economic recessions, as well as the general success and stability of businesses.
Third, mental health problems can lead to substance abuse, criminality, violence, and other forms of social dysfunction. Studies have indicated that individuals suffering from mental health issues are more likely to partake in criminal activities, such as stealing, as a result they may be more likely to become involved in physical violence or threaten the safety of others.
Fourth, mental health issues can lead to social exclusion, stigma, and discrimination. The voices of those living with mental health problems are often ignored, as a result, this can lead to a greater likelihood of loneliness. Furthermore, individuals living with poor mental health are often discriminated against which serves to worsen feelings of isolation and self-stigma.
Lastly, mental health issues can lead to other psychological and emotional problems. Poor mental health can lead to severe stress, a strain on relationships, and the inability to cope with everyday situations. This can further lead to more serious issues such as anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts or even suicide itself.
Mental health is an important part of society and, unfortunately, the reality of mental health issues is being increasingly recognized. Unfortunately, mental health is often overlooked or ignored, resulting in several undesirable effects. It is important to understand the problems inherent in mental health in order to develop effective strategies to address the issue. Mental health prevention, assessment, and treatment should be encouraged and implemented, not only for individuals but also on both large societal and local levels. Mental health awareness needs to be increased, in order for individuals to understand the importance of mental health for themselves, as well as their surrounding society. By doing so, it helps to reduce the negative social ramifications associated with mental health problems.