It’s Ok Not To Be Ok • Mental Health Awareness
The old paradigm societal, governmental, cultural and generational conditioning around mental health needs to shift, with honesty and compassionate venerability. More than ever support and care for mental health is needed, it’s ok not to be ok, it’s ok to be human. The linear patriarchal thinking that because we can not see the subtle mental body in a tangible form, means it does not exist or needs as much care as the physical body, is dated and washes over how paralysing invisible and mental illnesses can be.
mental health statistics
The global mental health epidemic is on the rise, and now more than ever we are seeking wellness practices to help soothe our mind from the daily pressures of modern living. Alongside ways to heal the layers of internal wounds that need our daily tender care and attention.
1 in 4 adults in the UK that suffer from a mental illness
19% of the UK are suffering from anxiety and depression
Over 350 million are affected by depression
The 6th most common cause of chronic ill health is anxiety
40 million Americans alone dealing with chronic anxiety issues.
75% of mental health issues emerge before the age of 18.
The mental health cultural crisis is spiralling the need for holistic health guidance, education, healers and practitioners, and a 360 approach to understanding the root causes for mental imbalances, with a personalised approach to mental healing. As a society and collective, we have finally reached a point where we have to reflect inwards, we have to raise our awareness and care for the mind, emotions and spirit that are desperately trying to get our attention. In the West mental health has been and still very much is taboo, it is not taught in our educational systems, in corporate or professional environments, amongst our communities, from the generations above us or to the ones below us. The conditioning and stigma has left a culture in silence, and disregarding the most critical responsibility we have to nurture protect, that of our mind, emotions, body and spirit. The West are afraid of what we can not see in tangible form, however this fear is leaving a culture more disconnected, imbalanced, in pain and suffering from mental and physical disease more than ever before. These modern diseases can be put in the right direction with the change of diet, lifestyle, relational and environmental support.
Enough is enough and it’s time for change
At the core of Ayurveda is mental and emotional wellness, and understanding this delicate interconnection needs to be nurtured daily to work in harmony. If you are suffering or know someone who is, dive into the courage that is already within you and take the first step by reaching out to someone you can trust. Courage does not mean you are fearless but that you agree with your fear and find the strength and determination to do it anyway. There is nothing on the other side of fear other than liberation, healing and tapping into your internal power. Your darkness is your light waiting to be transformed, it is nothing to be ashamed of or to be hidden away. What we resist persists, and by owning whatever you are going through means you have already won half the battle. The world needs you, and together we can heal- we were never destined to heal alone. Go within and find your courage, it is already there waiting for you to reach in, grab it, hold it and own it.