Taking care of your mental health is an important part of taking care of yourself, your overall health, your quality of life!

Mental health care implies an interest in one’s own growth and development, in improving one’s mental functioning, emotional literacy, achieving quality partnerships and interpersonal relationships, developing one’s authenticity, spontaneity and creativity because we as humans are able to take care of our lives and behavior, to we will be aware of our sensations, thoughts, feelings. We are able to make self-conscious choices and be responsible for our choices and have the potential to live efficiently and contentedly.

In addition to this mental-hygienic aspect, which I deliberately put in the first place, there is another aspect, and that is the treatment of mental disorders and diseases (surviving trauma, depression, prolonged anxiety, phobias, eating disorders, etc.). Even people who deal with the first aspect, and do not suffer from mental disorders, are sufficiently stigmatized and mostly characterized by the environment as “strange”. When it comes to people who are treating some of their mental state, disorder, stagnation, illness, then the stigmatization is even greater and reaches dimensions that hinder the successful course of treatment.

Although mental health problems and illnesses are very common and affect each of us throughout life (some people less some more), our friends, family, colleagues, society as a whole, although many people suffer from depression, and the number of people who self-harm and suicide, yet a strong social stigma related to mental illness leads to the fact that people who suffer experience discrimination in various fields of life, not only by society, but also by family, friends, employers.

The prejudices that exist in relation to people with mental health problems paint the image that their environment has towards them. They are believed to be violent, dangerous, and the truth is that there is actually a much higher chance that these people will hurt themselves than someone else. Truth be told, if these emotionally sensitive people had another way to deal with the world around them, many of them would not even get sick.

It often happens that due to some life circumstances and experiences, people get stuck in certain patterns of behavior and beliefs, and because of that, their communication with the environment, and with themselves, becomes bad and malnourished and their mental health is impaired. There are setbacks, resistance, rigidity, control, anxiety.

Then, instead of retreating in front of the eyes of the environment, it is more fruitful to seek the help of experts (psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists) and explore your own share in creating the situation in which a person finds himself. People often do not know that the mental health professionals at their disposal are already in mental health dispensaries at health centers (to which general practitioners should refer), in specialized mental health institutions (eg the Institute for Mental Health). health in Palmotićeva), as well as in numerous private psychological counseling centers. In this way, we become responsible to ourselves and have a chance to find new, more creative ways to face the challenges we face.