You’re Only Human

Like me, you’re only human, so why don’t we focus on our commonalities and work towards a better mental health care system for all?

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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While we may be living in troubled and unprecedented times, there are yet, some saving graces. Chief among them, is the amazing power of the internet. Although the World Wide Web has its menacing dark side, it’s like a human in a way, it has its good sides too.

An example of it’s the good side is the amazing tech of the video chat. I’m a kid from the 80s, so this was not yet an option for decades. However, in the collective minds of children everywhere, the idea that we could talk to each other through “the TV?” was thousands of years into the future.; so we thought “Now, that would be so cool.” My ten-year-old self said this a lot.

While visions of a futuristic world danced in our young heads, we also, disappointingly, I might add, were convinced that we would never see the tech in our lifetime… I can recall saying “I hope I live long enough to see humans talking on the TV screen”. Now, “talking on the TV” is as common as picking up the phone.

The good side of tech

For me, being a mental health advocate and wellness coach, I’m no stranger to a great back and forth. of video. But what I love about it most, is that I get to meet and help others from all over the world. Seeing the binary world through ones and zeros is amazing. Equally amazing, is its ability to help us learn all about different cultures and customs.

Even though one can use this tech to teach us themselves so much about our differences; from India to the Netherlands; I think it’s true superpower is showing us our commonalities. I can’t help but think of what we could accomplish if we understood that we are all part of one huge family, the human family. Perhaps one day, the power of video will unite us all…

We are only human

While on my own Road To Mental Wellness, I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of people. This beautiful blue ball we are on, is not only teaming with life, but human culture as well; a fact that always amazes me. Even so, what I find even more amazing is what all humans have in common. Everyone, regardless of where they are from, have hopes and dreams; a need to be loved and heard; stability, food, clothing, and shelter. These are all universal human desires.

Sadly, there are many other universal truths about humans. One being our seemingly innate desire to harm one another. Whether its physical or emotional, it can lead some to their death. Another tragic commonality is mental illness. Even before COVID-19, millions of people worldwide were suffering with one form of it or another. If that weren’t bad enough, since COVID-19 began just over a year ago, the globe has seen a troubling rise in mental health conditions.


Depression is not a race or culture specific problem _ WHO

A great example of the sadder side of our human family, is mental illnesses, like depression. Regardless of where you live, chances are you will know someone with it. While this may be true, I do see a silver lining in the dark clouds of mental illness. Firstly, it’s ok to have depression, no matter where you are from, you’re only human after all…. Just take care of yourself.

Secondly, another thing I see that could be a game changer is, well, us, the mentally ill. If no one is immune, then let’s embrace our illnesses and fight for a better mental health care system for all… We can do this! After all, there’s strength in numbers. From one side of the earth to the other, we can help one another get through our darkest days; It starts by realizing that, not matter where you’re from, your only human and thus worthy of love and compassion.

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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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