On 10th October, it was World Mental Health Day; it is a day to raise awareness, educate and advocate the issues surrounding mental health and work against its social stigma.
We all saw the different posts about mental health dominate social media on the 10th and with the power of the internet, the most recent Mental Health Day was likely the most successful yet. But as the world is made increasingly aware of the issues surrounding mental health, it is also as important to raise awareness about the different forms of treatment available.
Increasingly the treatment of mental health has moved away from traditional drug-based methods to a more therapy based treatment. Prescription drugs have their place, but they never fully cure a patient of their mental health issue.
Scientists have recently agreed that meditation can have real health benefits (http://upliftconnect.com/meditation-in-mental-health/) as it increases left-sided, frontal brain activity, which is an area that is associated with positive moods. Furthermore, the more practice that is put into mediating, the greater your immunity to life crises is likely to be.
Furthermore, scientists have also begun to promote the benefits of stress management when it comes to those who are suffering from increased stress in their daily lives. There are lots of different forms of stress management, some are catering to dealing with different forms of stress and others work better for different people. For example, there is a proven difference between the stresses caused by a severe life issue, such as the loss of a loved one, as opposed to high-stress levels caused by everyday work life.
Cognitive behavioural therapy is often one of the most popular methods for dealing with stress. The technique can change the negative thought patterns that cause stress to develop, helping a patient find new pathways and coping methods within their mind (http://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/issues/stress).
The two methods outlined above are only a small sample of the different therapies that can be used to treat mental health that don’t require any prescription drugs. As World Mental Health Day moves on from our minds, it is important to remember that therapies, not drugs, get to the core of mental health issues, so they are the best ways to permanently deal with mental health.