Trending Buzzwords?

If it takes a village to raise children, then it takes a nation’s people to tackle its injustices. Not trending buzzwords?

COVID-19 at its peak was tough on so many all over the world. So much worry in fact, that there was tons of talk on mental health. People, experts and layperson alike wondered about the pandemic’s impact on our mental well-being. My question now is; where did all the buzz and concern go? Are we a society full of two-minute trends and trending buzzwords?

Jonathan Arenburg
Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan is a mental health blogger, published author, and speaker. He has appeared in numerous newspapers and has been a guest on many podcasts.

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If this is indeed the case, I have some real concerns around emulating the behaviours of social media’s algorithms. Firstly, if we are to tackle our most pressing social concerns like mental illness, how do we get anywhere if it falls off the radar faster than a supersonic jet?

I’m afraid we can’t. Even though a few of us, in comparison to the total population, still champion the cause, most are moved on to the next three-minute outrage. While I am proud of the work, we are all doing as mental health advocates, is it enough?

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I think it’s time that we recognize the destructive power of mental illness. Not only is it damaging to the individual but its impact on all of us is too large to be a trending buzzword. Furthermore, we need to work on understanding how events around us shape the mental-health landscape.

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So dark and dreary are the times we live in. I feel like there is no end to the media’s insistence on feeding us all things trauma related. It’s unrelenting. As if that weren’t bad enough, some see nothing wrong with posting a video depicting a violent act; they are everywhere. Personally, I feel like gory images do little in the way of getting justice overall because it leaves many more damaged and suicidal.

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I think it’s fair to say that mental illness can spread like a virus, fed by exposure to every conceivable tragic story. But also, it worsens by our refusal as a society to ensure we or someone we know aren’t the next victim of the mental illness pandemic. We can accomplish wonderful things if we do so as a collective.

Having PTSD, myself, I go further into my shell with all this chaos. I do so simply because it feels inescapable to me. I’m sure many others feel the same. Sadly, while showing the darkest disparities of humanity on social media isn’t likely to go away, it tells me one thing: more help is needed.

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My friends, the outcry around mental illness needs to be more than a flash in the pan, The talk needs to be more than trending buzzwords, It needs to be a battle taken on by the majority, every day. We don’t only lose people to the virus; we also lose an untold amount because of the mental suffering brought on by it… Please be safe!

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Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Arenburg is a mental health blogger, S speaker, writer, and published author; He is also the host of the mental wellness podcast, #thewellnesstalksHe has also appeared in the i'Mpossible's Lemonade Stand III. He has also been a contributing writer for Mental health talk, a column in his local paper. In addition, he has also written for the mental health advocacy organization; Sick Not Weak.Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health-related podcasts Including: A New Dawn, The Depression Files, Books and Authors, and Men Are Nuts. Since being put off work because of PTSD, Jonathan has dedicated his time to his mental wellness journey while helping others along the way.Educated as an addictions' counsellor, he has dedicated most of his professional life of eighteen years, working with those who have intellectual disabilities, behavioural challenges, and mental illness.He has also spent fifteen years in the volunteer fire service helping his community.His new book (2021), “The Road To Mental Wellness,” goes into detail about his life-long battle with depression, anxiety and more recently, PTSD. In it, he hopes to provide insight on how mental illness cultivates over a lifetime and, if not recognized and treated, how it impacts the entirety of one's life; right from childhood into the adult years. Jonathan lives with his two children in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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