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Mental health: A social issue?

Imagine a world where conversations about mental health are discussed as freely as about physical well-being. A world where seeking help for anxiety or depression is not met with stigma, but with understanding and support. It seems like an ideal world, right? But it is a world we can build together. Mental health is not just a personal struggle, it is a social challenge with far-reaching consequences.

In this blog, we will explore the reasons why mental health deserves a place at the forefront of social issues. So, buckle up and get ready to understand the social aspect of mental health.

Community and mental health

Mental health difficulties are not just isolated individual problems, they spread and affect everything they touch.

Impact on educational institutes and workplaces

Imagine a student struggling with anxiety might miss school more often, have trouble concentrating in lectures, and struggle to complete tasks on time. This can lead to falling grades and decreased motivation.

In a workplace, if an employee is battling with depression, he/she might experience low productivity, miss deadlines, and have difficulty working with colleagues. This can affect overall team morale and company performance.

Economic burden

Left untreated mental health problems can often lead to physical health complications. This can result in increased healthcare costs for people and a strain on healthcare system. For example, someone with chronic anxiety might experience digestive issues or headaches, leading to more frequent doctor visits and medication use.

The constant worry about bills piling up, the stress of putting food on the table, and the feeling of never having enough. This is the harsh reality for many people, and the chronic stress of financial insecurity can be a major trigger for mental health struggles.


Experiencing discrimination based on race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, or religion can leave a deep and lasting wound, affecting your mental health in several ways.

Cultural beliefs can make seeking mental health help a struggle. We need to break the stigma by promoting culturally sensitive programs and open conversations within communities.

Facing exclusion can make you feel isolated and alone. This loneliness becomes a breeding ground for depression and anxiety. You may feel like you do not belong, like there is no place for you in the society.

Repeated experiences of discrimination can affect your self-esteem, making you question your worth. The constant negativity crumbles down your confidence, making it difficult to cope with everyday challenges.

Climate change

Our mental well-being is intricately connected to the social and environmental factors. Increasing weather fluctuations and uncertainties, might add up to another layer of stress and anxiety. Witnessing natural disasters or fearing their potential impact can be traumatizing. Also, the disruption of communities caused by climate change can lead to feelings of helplessness.

Community violence

Imagine seeing fights, mob rage when you are out on the road or being exposed to an abusive environment at home. You can worry about not being hurt in such fights. Living in a violent environment can make you hypervigilant-always alert and jumpy. You might find it hard to relax. This constant state of being on guard can be exhausting.

Exposure to violence can lead to depression, making you feel hopeless and empty. You might lose interest in things you used to enjoy, and have trouble concentrating at work.

Access to mental health care services

Many marginalized communities are stuck in jobs that do not offer health insurance or coverage for mental healthcare facilities. This creates a financial barrier, making any kind of mental healthcare service a dream. Even basic therapy sessions can be out of reach.

In some areas there still exists a lack of understanding of the unique challenges faced by certain socio-economic groups or rural areas. This creates a significant gap between the mental health care services and the population. This in turn can make it difficult for therapists or psychiatrists to fully understand their patients and openly address their concerns.

Mental health professionals are often concentrated in urban areas. Traveling long distances for regular therapy sessions can be a major obstacle, especially for those with limited resources.

The Bottom Line

Taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your body. But sometimes, social issues like financial stress, violence, discrimination, or even cultural beliefs can make it hard to seek help. By working together to address these root causes, we can create a world where everyone has the opportunity to seek help and support.