By: Renee Mahi

1 in 4 people are affected by mental disorders at some point in their life yet there are still a seemingly infinite amount of misconceptions about mental health. October 10th marks World Mental Health Day, a day used to advocate mental health and battle the numerous stigmas that come with the term.

Why are the terms ‘depression’ and ‘anxiety’ used so commonly amongst teens? Studies show that cases of youth mental disorders are rapidly rising. UNICEF recently published an article which suggested social media may be the cause of the declining state of youth mental health.

Celebrities are using their platform to speak up about mental health and that it is okay to not be okay. Lady Gaga, Dwane Johnson, and Deepika Padukone are some of the celebrities who spoke up about their issues with depression and anxiety. This goes to show that poor mental health is not limited to a specific demographic and can happen to virtually anyone.

October 10th should not be the only day that mental health is talked about. Some of the ways that individuals can be respectful of mental health disorders are:

  • avoid using terms affiliated with mental health disorders in everyday language

  • research and understand causes and treatment of various common mental health disorders

  • understand that it is okay to not be okay

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