However, one thing that hasn't changed significantly, and seems to have been the status quo for too long, is the way in which we all consider, and ultimately deal with our own ongoing mental health and mindset. In other words, how we individually maintain our mental state on a day-to-day basis.
Sure, there's been attempts in recent times to encourage more personal action around this (e.g. the use of mindfulness, including introducing variations of these with children in the school setting, reminders to check in and talk more regularly with mates / friends / family, and the benefits of keeping physically active.
Why is this?
There's more than likely been research done, or numerous government strategy jaw-fest's completed to look into this, but I feel it comes down to one historical reason. We've never known any better.
These days, most people are aware of and understand the need to keep physically active; no matter if that's through prescribed exercise, sport or recreation. However, we often glaze over or don't appreciate that our mental health needs a similar preventative and maintenance approach; above and beyond just keeping active.
The lingering "she'll be right" attitude and mindset still remains for many - until it isn't all right. You only have to look at our dire suicide rate, and in particular, some of the industries or parts of society who are contributing to this e.g. the farming and building sectors (link & link). This old school, "toughen-up" mentality really has run it's course, but educating society about the need, and life-long benefits of personally taking care of our brain health, every single day, isn't something that has been standard or normal for many of us. It's possibly seen as a bit "weird" or outside the box. This shift requires wide understanding and willingness, and I'm not sure if the vast majority are in this space yet, even though the benefits of doing so are immense.
Can this be improved or changed?
Of course, but there's no quick-fix solution, and will likely rely on a complete generational switch in thinking.
The Performance Instigator is trying to help drive this model of personal mental-health maintenance responsibility, by providing his Mental Performance Workout™ (link here).
This personalised workout is available for youth through to adults, and focuses on developing an individuals mental / mindset skills and abilities for specific "performance" situations, or to just help with our daily cognitive health.
Are we ready for a workout that solely focuses on the top 2 inches? The jury is out. But by introducing and encouraging such mental approaches with our youth, along with finding those gems in society, who are willing to take legitimate steps to look after themselves in a well-rounded way, I remain optimistically hopeful.
Only time will tell, but I hope for open-minds and some courageous, willing individuals to take the lead, and role-model a more personally responsible, mental health care approach.
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