NOTE: OLD BLOG POST, JUST SHUFFLING THINGS AROUND.
DISCLAIMER: THESE ARE MY OPINIONS AND THOUGH BASED IN FACTUAL RESEARCH, THIS PIECE’S ONLY INTENTION IS TO PROMOTE THOUGHT ON THE TOPIC OF HEALTH
The world health organisation defines health as:
A complete state of physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
This definition acknowledges that health is more than just the physical aspect. It involves a fine interdependence of your physical body, your brain and your mind to work together in providing you with a healthy life. In part our lifestyle is responsible for the degree of healthiness we attain. For example somebody who constantly over eats, drinks excessive amounts of alcohol and is a chain smoker most certainly is at higher risk of developing not only physical illnesses but the mental health and social health of such a person will also begin to suffer. And then there are a whole host of different lifestyle choices we make on a day to day basis which increase of decrease our risk of developing certain mental or physical illnesses. Continue reading
Finally watched 13 reasons why. Phenomenal acting. Brilliant entertainment. I mean I watched 13 episodes in just under a day. The day before my exam. So obviously the producers knew what they were doing. It resonated with me too. Having just recently graduated from being a teenaged girl myself, in Hannah, I saw reflections of the girls I had grown up with.
In previous posts I’ve discussed a lot on depression, suicide and even about a school acquaintance who took her own life. And I’m so glad that there is a mainstream TV show out there which brings people from all backgrounds to the topic at hand: mental illness.
I have certain grievances with the show. The biggest being the game like attitude Hannah Baker has towards suicide. She creates tapes. 13 to be exact. About the reasons why she ended her life. In doing so she creates an immortal remembrance of herself. I fear that many young and impressionable people may see this and get romanticised about the idea of suicide. When the reality for the majority is far from this. My other grievance is of course the content itself. It is rated 18. And certain episodes have warnings. However its the age of the internet. Anyone can get their hands on this show and watch it. I’m not at all triggered by the show. Fortunately I am not depressed nor have any suicidal ideations. But many people watching it will. And they will be triggered. And that is dangerous.
However the show in all its graphic glory continually highlighted one point. There is always another choice. Suicide doesn’t have to be it. There is life beyond what you’re feeling today and there is support out there. Reach out – someone will take your hand.
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It is the month of April. Spring has sprung. Flowers are a-bloom and the sun’s out for longer than ever before. Birds are chirping and the streets are full of bustling people. The new tax year has begun. All over the world various festivals have been celebrated. Everyone is happy. Continue reading
Somebody I once knew very well committed suicide last week. I don’t know if I should be feeling a certain emotion. Should I be sad? Angry at the world for betraying her? Should I be frustrated that these things happen and we can’t prevent them? At first, to be honest, I was shocked. And slightly unbelieving. You see this person was the happiest, smiling and bubbly people you’d meet. At least that was what it looked like from the outside. I suppose she only really let us see this side of her and who knows what demons were running rampant inside her mind and body. Continue reading