Mental Health First Aid
Why Mental Health First
Aid or first aid for mental illness?
Emotional and mental difficulties are widespread in the population,
and they occur just as frequently as physical disorders. Countless stressors and hassles, such as family conflicts,
break-ups between lovers, and problems in the workplace, often cause emotional turbulence.
Of course, some individuals handle their emotional difficulties better than others. Individuals who hardly cope
experience persistent and worsening symptoms.
Mental Illness and Stigma
Despite advances in psychiatric research and treatment,
mental illness is often misunderstood. Public misconception about mental illness has created unfortunate and
inaccurate labels. In fact, many individuals have remarked that their relatives, who sometimes shame and
discredit them, poorly understand their emotional difficulties.
They have been labeled “lazy” and “weakling,” or they have
been told to “smarten up,” “grow up,” and “go to work.” Accused of having “weak nerves,” of not “pushing hard
enough” and of not being “strong enough” to face life’s challenges, they interpret the insults in terms of