The Importance of Mental Health

Staff Writer | by: Lauryn Chavez

Our mental health should be important to us. At these ages when our brain is still developing, so it’s important to monitor our mental health throughout our entire life. As students, we tend to worry a lot on the daily basis, maybe it’s that science test on tuesday, that geography quiz friday, the sports that we dedicate our time to, drama that we couldn’t help but be caught up in, or our relationships with not just our friends but our family as well. The last thing we worry about is our mental health, but we don’t realize how it plays a key role in everything we do and needs to be our number one priority..

Some definitions of “mental health” state that it’s our emotional and psychological well being, but other definitions claim it’s just the absence of a mental disorder. But on the contrary anyone can struggle with their mental health without having a mental illness or disorder. We thankfully live in a world today where our mental health is finally being talked about more and more every day. The widespread knowledge of mental health is enlightening the generations of today so we can get help.

You might be asking, how do I check my mental health? Checking your mental health could be as simple as taking an online quiz, online quizzes give a suggestion but if feel your mental health needs to be thoroughly checked you could see therapists or even our school counselors. If you feel like you’re going down a rough patch always tell people you trust. Your family and friends will be there for you.

No battles should ever be fought alone.

Having good mental health includes a good positive attitude in life. But being mentally healthy doesn’t have to mean you’re happy all of the time. There will always be ups and downs in your mental health throughout your life. “If there’s no breaking then there’s no healing, and if there’s no healing then there’s no learning.” – One Tree Hill Even if you don’t have a mental illness you shouldn’t resist reach out to a therapist or counselor if you feel the need to.

It’s best for all of us to be considerate when discussing mental health with other’s. You never know who’s struggling on the inside. At some point you might struggle too. Being nice to people should be courteous. Highschool is a battle itself, and it would be so much easier if we were all kind to each other.

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About The Author

Lauryn Chavez is a freshman, this being her first year as a staff writer. This is her second year in a journalism program. Lauryn loves playing competitive soccer and spending time with her two dogs.

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