Mental and Social Health Vs. Physical Health

Mental and Social Health Vs. Physical Health

by Adam Goodwin | 2014 | Last Updated: February 6, 2014

Time To Talk

Today, February 6, 2014, is Time to Talk Day in the United Kingdom.

Being Helpful

I think all humans want to be helpful.  Help friends and families, and others, just like we would want to be helped and supported by others.  Help and support others as it gives that feeling of meaning and joy in our own lives; doing something for someone else.

When it comes to mental and social health and well-being, sometimes the best intentions miss the mark.

Some Helpful Mental Health Advice

Below is some ‘helpful’ mental health-related advice.

Broken Arm

Friend has broken arm.

Physical (arm actually broken): “Oh, this is terrible.  What happened? Are you in pain?  When will you get your cast off?  If you need any help, please let me know.”

Mental (broken arm is a symbol for mental illness): “So, have you like tried to just not have a broken arm?”

Social (broken arm is a symbol for social illness): “Have you tried to just get friends?”

The Flu

Son has the flu.

Physical (actually has flu): “Do you want me to get you some medicine to help you feel better?  You need to spend a few days in bed and feel better.”

Mental (flu is a symbol for mental illness):  “So, have you tried, you know, not having the flue?”

Social (flu is a symbol for social illness): “Just go talk to them and become friends.”

Bleeding (i.e., minor cut)

Boyfriend/girlfriend/parter has cut themselves with a knife while preparing you dinner.

Physical (there is physical blood): “Here, let me help you.  Let’s wash it out, sterilize it, and I will get you a bandaid.  Go watch TV and I will finish dinner.”

Mental (bleeding is a symbol for mental illness):  “It’s like you’re not even trying to stop the bleeding.”

Social (bleeding is a symbol for social illness): “You don’t have any friends. Act cooler.  Just be yourself.”

Your Call to Action

When someone has a physical illness/ailment, it is much easier to take notice and provide sympathy and compassion.  Remember, there are many illnesses and symptoms that may be harder to notice.  Be warm, compassionate, and supportive – a friend may just need it.  Support Time To Talk, today (February 6)!

Further Reading

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These are one person’s thoughts and opinions.  I welcome and strive to get your feedback and own thoughts. Feel free to comment below or connect with me via social media.

Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom, and is a proud shameless idealist. His parents currently work in Cairo, Egypt. He has siblings and distant family in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his year+ overseas on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog.

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