Welcome to our weekly blog post! This week, we’re going to share with you an article written from our staff Ahmed, about embracing inclusivity and valuing every individual’s uniqueness being essential for advancing mental health and well-being.
In an era where mental health issues are increasingly prevalent worldwide, the discussion shifts from traditional medical treatments to a more holistic approach emphasising dignity and compassion. While medication remain a cornerstone in managing mental health disorders, their efficacy is significantly enhanced when coupled with a dignified and compassionate care approach. This perspective aligns with insights from Mind for Better Mental Health Organisation, highlighting the stark reality that a notable fraction of the UK population faces mental health challenges annually.
Aside genetic predisposition on mental health and well-being, some of the known social antecedents with adverse effects on mental health and well-being can include: childhood trauma, domestic violence, bullying and abuse in all forms, low self-esteem, work stress, future uncertainties, unhealthy family and romantic relationships and financial insecurity. In about 2400 years ago when Hippocrates contributed immensely in medicine, there has not been a single stripe of medication which prevents any of the social cankers highlighted above, for, the best approach to mental health and well-being is prevention. In dealing with conditions like anxiety and depression, it is suggested that fostering environments rich in love and reassurance can naturally elevate beneficial hormones like oxytocin, offering relief with minimal side effects compared to medications only.
Additionally, living in the digital age brings new challenges, such as cyberbullying that can exacerbate mental health vulnerabilities, making the case for compassionate interaction even more compelling. The narrative extends beyond individual action, advocating for systemic changes within healthcare settings to prioritise emotional support alongside medical treatment. The call to action is clear: embracing inclusivity and valuing every individual’s uniqueness is essential for advancing mental health and well-being. This transformative journey begins with each one of us, advocating a paradigm shift towards integrating dignity and compassion into the fabric of mental health care.
Care Practitioner – Shine Partnerships Ltd
Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you next week for another post on mental health and wellbeing!