Mental illnesses in today´s world are just like Spanish flu in the second decade of the 19th century.
Stressful way of living, online networks that changed our social lives including the way of interacting and many demands of modern society are some of the reasons for epidemic of those illnesses.
One in 4 people will be affected with mental illness at some point in their lives which means that almost every family will have one of its members affected.
Despite high prevalence of such diseases, they are still highly stigmatised- people tend to think that someone can just snap out of illness- because it is all in their mind.
Because of a lack of knowledge and biases about mental health- many people who could benefit from some kind of therapy don´t even reach for help.
People are hiding painful truths behind closed doors of their houses or apartments, not willing to admit that maybe they should seek treatment to help them cope with illness and- life.
Sometimes a person can think that admitting that help is needed is a sign of weakness, not knowing that the strength to accept reality as it is- is profoundly courageous.
From my experience as a nursing student- many people struggling with mental illness can be helped, but sometimes the only ingredient lacking is the willingness of the persons involved to seek for it.
Mental illnesses are special kind of diseases because they distort your way of thinking in a way that you don´t think you need help because you have too many negative thoughts or in the worst case because you lost contact with reality.
Mental illnesses can´t be seen and they are very specific in their experience so not many people truly understands them.
However they are our reality, and sometimes we can´t escape from it- or we would become delusional.