Hiya again, Feminista readers!
Once again, it’s my turn to grace you with my (virtual) presence. As you may have already gleaned from previous posts, our current topic is mental health. This was a topic I wasn’t sure about – I wasn’t sure how comfortable I felt writing about it, and then I was sorely lacking in inspiration. So when I remembered today was my turn to post, one of my first feelings was of panic. What the heck was I going to write about? But it’s all good, because my creative juices got flowing and I had An Idea. So here goes…
Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve been very much under the impression that mental illness is a very modern issue, worsened by the internet and the rise of 24/7 media, as though it didn’t exist before the world wide web and permanent TV news channels. It’s often blamed on social media and Photoshop, setting impossible-to-follow standards and making us all feel generally rubbish about ourselves.
And that’s at least partially true. I do think that social media and the internet has increased the amount of mental illness around the world. But what if it’s been there all along? People say that the stigma of mental health is slowly beginning to be broken down, as more and more mental illnesses seem to appear – what if those two facts are interlinked? Maybe it’s because more people feel comfortable talking about it that more mental health issues are beginning to surface. Perhaps there’s always been this many, it’s just that we’re only just beginning to open up and tell people about them, so the sudden flood of discussion about mental illnesses makes it seem like there’s more than there ever were before.
I’m afraid that’s pretty much all I’ve got to say today. It was just a thought that got me curious.
Thanks for reading!
An Overthinking Teenager