Mental health seems to be one of the most difficult forms of health to maintain. While physical health is often as simple as changing your diet or getting more exercise, mental health is more elusive, and it is easy to allow yourself to be beaten up by your own inner voice.
There’s a history of mental health issues in both sides of my family, namely bi-polar disorder and depression, and it’s not surprising I would inherit them. Every so often, I catch myself falling into the pattern of what I used to think was only seasonal depression.
To an outsider, summer may seem like a break from the hectic life of a student, with exams out of the way and many of us taking a break from courses until September — but in reality, it can be almost as anxiety-filled as the school year.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people aged 10 to 24, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association.