Over 970 million people in the entire world are affected by a mental disorder. Over the last few years, the importance of mental health has continuously proven to be a critical component in the way we think, feel, and act in our daily lives. It influences how we navigate stressful situations, connect with others, and make decisions for ourselves. With mental health being so deeply rooted in all areas of life, it’s vital to safeguard our wellness and listen to the warning signs our bodies give off when we may be in distress.
Unfortunately, mental health has grown with a stigma attached to it that often prevents people from seeking help. It should be noted that developing a disorder, whether mild or severe, can affect people of all ages, no matter how seemingly advantaged or disadvantaged a person’s life may be. Family history, traumatic experiences, and biology play major parts in the level of risk.
In the Bahamas Wellness Health System, we address mental health the same way that most people regard physical health: by looking under the hood and checking on how things are going, even when they seem to be fine. That way, you can maintain and build awareness around your psychological health rather than doing complete damage control in the wake of something that could have been prevented.