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Mental Health Is a Serious Issue That Does Not Get Enough Attention

by Rebecca Raub

Mental health is a serious issue that not enough people talk about. It is just as important as physical health and it is up to us to end the stigma that we should be embarrassed to talk about it. Being a teenager can be very stressful, especially when you have to balance a possible job, sports, chores, grades, college applications, friends and discover who you are becoming and what you want for your future. Many people feel like they are alone, but no one is. There will always be someone here for you, and you should never be afraid to speak up. I talked to members of the Walkersville community to see what they thought about the importance of mental health.

Senior Sarah Grace McElwain said, “Taking care of yourself is extremely important, and sometimes you need to put yourself first. Being considerate to others is also important because you never know what someone may be going through and you will feel better treating everyone kindly.”

Senior Delaney Harnish agreed with McElwain and added, “Mental health is a serious issue that has recently been given more attention but is still commonly misunderstood.”

Deputy Holland, who is often around the school and talking to students, said, “It [mental health] is important. A lot of social issues are caused by mental health and if we could improve how we treat mental health, I think it would resolve a lot of issues.”

A lot of people suffer from anxiety and/or depression, and many other disorders, and you may not even know it.  Do not judge someone for small things, and try to assume someone is a good person unless you are proven wrong. So check in with your friends, tell someone when you feel upset, ask for help if you need it, and remember that honesty is always the best policy. Also, please remember to treat yourself how you want to be treated, and be kind and gentle towards yourself even if things go wrong.