Always acknowledge your mental health


Chelsea Hughes, staff writer

Mental health can be categorized in four different ways — Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia/Psychotic Disorder, Dementias and Eating Disorders.

More than 60 million Americans have a mental illness in any given year possible, but very few people actually seek help.  According to, Mental Health Association, there are more than 200 classified forms of mental illness. Some include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia/psychotic disorder, dementias and eating disorders, clinical depression, bipolar disorder.

 According to, there’s a long line of factors that could lead to mental health issues such as childhood abuse, trauma, or neglect social isolation or loneliness, experiencing discrimination and stigma, including racism, social disadvantage, poverty or debt, domestic violence, bullying or other abuse, physical causes – for example, a head injury or a neurological condition such as epilepsy can have an impact on your behavior and mood. (It’s important to rule out potential physical causes before seeking further treatment for a mental health problem).

Mental health should always be acknowledged,” senior John Stark said. “Everyone goes through something. Either they have no one to talk to about anything, or they are scared to even open up. A quick “ hey how are you doing” or “ do you have something on your mind” could help so much more than you would ever release.”

So acknowledge when you have a problem and acknowledge others when they do as well. It could go a long way.