Trigger warning: suicide, mental illness, racism
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s interview exploded online, which is the only thing people are talking about these days. Naturally, people are divided over who is the perpetrator and who is the victim.
But no matter how controversial or controversial the details of Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah are, at the end of the day, people are probably ignoring the most important part of the interview: the conversation about mental health.
We may never know what the real truth is, and whether Meghan Markle is right, or the royal family. But what’s shocking is that even in 2021, people are working to undermine the impact of mental health issues on a person’s psyche. As someone who has struggled with anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) for the past 12 years, it’s sad to see people calling Meghan Markle an “attention seeker” just because she chose to speak openly about her struggles.
It’s 2021, and many people still think mental illness and mental health problems are myths. Well guess what? It really isn’t. And if more people do not find in themselves treating people with compassion and kindness, we will continue to lose people, just because no one helped them when they asked for help.
Recognizing the stigma of mental health
Mental health still has the stigma and negativity associated with it, even today. We have come a long way in society, but somehow most people are still shortsighted and insensitive when it comes to dealing with mental health issues. So when Meghan Markle publicly admitted that she felt suicidal while carrying her first son, Archie, people were quick to judge her and describe her as an “attention seeker.”
Well, first of all, this is really, really messed up. When someone tells you that they have considered suicide, you will never think of it as a cry for attention. Anyone, be it a celebrity or a non-celebrity, having suicidal thoughts can take a toll on yourself. And if someone tries to undermine it, it will be difficult to deal with him.
The stigma associated with mental health is the reason why so many people suffer in silence and are too afraid to seek help. They are afraid of judgment, ridicule, insensitivity, and most importantly the criticism that comes with it. So many people have finally ended their lives because they couldn’t turn to someone for support, and that’s scary and heartbreaking.
Search Show that when a celebrity comes out with his or her own psychological struggles, suicidal thoughts in particular, crisis hotlines, and suicide prevention services have a hard time dealing with the hundreds of calls that come their way. else Research He suggests that when celebrities open up about their mental struggles, in a way, they are sensitizing and destigmatizing the conversation surrounding mental health, encouraging more people to reach out for help.
Case in point: Years ago, when Princess Diana revealed she had bulimia, the number of people, especially women, who began seeking treatment doubled, according to British Journal of Psychiatry.
A lot of people tend to look up to celebrities, so when these celebrities talk candidly about their struggles, it makes people more connected to them. It makes them feel as if they have some kind of connection to them, because of the same kind of struggles. It makes them look more human.
If you look at some of the comments in response to Meghan Markle’s announcement that she felt suicidal while pregnant with Archie, you’ll see a shocking amount of indifference, hate and negativity. And if that’s not annoying, I don’t know what is. Here’s someone who says there was a time when she was thinking about ending her life, and all people do is beat her up.
Can you imagine the degree of pain and helplessness someone feels inside, and that they finally decide to end their life? think about it.
When it comes to suicide, people will judge and undermine suicidal thoughts, and may describe someone as a “loser” and a “weak.” But if someone ends his life in the end, these people will say, ‘They should have communicated’And the “I could have helped them if I had known.”And the “They didn’t have to do it. We/I could have supported them through this”. Unfortunately, society and most people stigmatize mental health and suicidal thoughts but mourn suicide.
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