The Purpose - What Do We Still Need To Do? Mental Health
This is part 3 of a 3 part series
Lastly, I want to discuss mental health. Mental health has been in the news a lot recently because of the school shootings. Folks from the right side of the aisle have been quick to blame these shootings on this issue.
While I don't completely blame the recent school shootings on mental health, I do think it played a crucial role. What if the shooter, who identified as having mental health issues was given better help? What if he or she wasn't allowed to purchase a rifle because of their mental health issues?
This is just an example. But I think it applies to a lot of situations and explains the problem.
So, what does Mental Health have to do with poverty and the underprivileged? The answer? A lot.
Mental Health is no joke and can affect anyone and everyone. The most successful people in this world can find themselves in trouble because of their mental health.
Think about it like this, someone can go through all levels of education and get a fantastic paying job. This job allows them to have good healthcare that keeps them healthy. This job may also pay so well that they can get rid of their student debt quickly. But, they can still find themselves in poverty sometime in their life because of a looming mental health issue.
Maybe they lose their job because they can't perform how they need to. Maybe they start drinking alcohol or start using drugs because they can't deal with the issues they face. This all costs money and contributes to the poverty statistic.
This is how things can spiral out of control. This is where I believe we can do better and offer more assistance.
When things start to spiral out of control, bad things can happen.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 44,965 people pass away every year due to suicide. This number is alarming to me. What if someone talked to them about the issues they were going through? What if they were offered treatment (that they could afford) that would help them through their issues? What if they never lost their job or started a drinking or drug habit?
Suicide and other Mental health issues can come from the most simple of things, like poverty or simply not feeling like your life means anything because you're underprivileged. No one knows what that person is going through.
This is why we can do better.
Never give up! If you ever need help, please call: 1-800-273-8255
In case you missed Parts 1 and 2 of Blake Tarmann's The Purpose series, you can read them here: What Do We Still Need To Do: Healthcare and The Purpose - What Do We Still Need To Do? Education.