Why Mental Health Matters

At first glance, it may seem obvious why mental health matters. Having so many sufferers, we need to get them the mental health supports they need, right? Of course, we do, and as a society, we should always be working at fixing our people. A no-brainer.However, mental health matters for other reasons too. As far as I can tell, we are all but cogs in the wheel of our nations. While this may be seen as a terrible thing for some, I tend to disagree.
Here’s why
Many of those who get to hear me rant about mental health know that I often tote individualism as a dreadful thing; not in its entirety, but nonetheless, I think there is such a thing as too much focus on the self.In fact, I can often be heard saying, that without focusing on our nations, there can be no individualism.For me, this makes a lot of sense. If, for example, there’s so much attention on the self, how can a country be resilient? Take national health care as an example. In my travels, I hear all the time, statements such as “I know it’s in crisis, but I just can’t deal with it.” In fact, I hear this statement with such regularity, it’s alarming.So much so, it makes me sick to my guts. Why? Because I know that with every bit of inaction, we allow primary and mental health care to die.

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See, we are the change, you and I – and everyone who needs care, needs to fight! For now, let’s not worry about pockets of rights and freedoms and narrow social injustices. Rather, for now, let’s aim our focus on everyone! How? By looking past our individual goals and causes and go after what can help the most amount of people. Or if you like, the greater good.

In other words, what we all need to do is stop using our political ideologies that only divide us and start seeing the duty and responsibility we all share for our neighbors and fellow citizens.Or, as I often like to say, our most pressing concerns are neither left or right; instead, they’re about what’s right and what’s wrong.

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So then, what does right and wrong look like? Well, I admit, it’s not that simple. Nonetheless, they are there.Take the mental health care system. A system that is, like every system in our country, in shambles. Therefore, one can make the easy argument that letting it go, is wrong. Consequently, it’s our collective self-preservation that erodes what’s left.


Mental health matters because without a robust system to tackle it, we are all too anxious to act on making the major wrongs right.Issues like public health, education, environment, and housing, will continue to falter if we only “worry about how “I feel!” Sadly, this is not a personal opinion of mine; the evidence is pouring out of the science on every universal system and it ain’t good.

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Lastly, a nation that is mentally unwell, will lose itself to the rigors of those who seek to profit from it. Moreover, it’s to their advantage for us to be divided and sick. It’s so advantageous because then they can slowly privatize, well, everything and make us all pay a higher price; both as a nation and monetarily.By focusing on the main causes, we can defeat this special brand of evil and win back our happiness. But only if we unite and overcome our fears. Remember, if you’re fearful but fighting to fix it, you as an individual will heal.

At first glance, it may seem obvious why mental health matters. However, mental health matters for other reasons too.

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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