With the rise in depression and anxiety, the need for awareness and advocacy are also in high demand for many people worldwide.
Have you ever thought about how your culture has an impact on mental health and whether you acknowledge your own mental health or would seek professional care if you were struggling?
Within today’s society the younger generational are becoming more accepting and understanding of mental health illness the older generation are less reluctant. Culture is defined as a set of learnt behaviours and beliefs which are characteristic of a specific social grouped. Culture is shaped by shared experiences and impacts the way of life and the belief system of the people within it. In this article we will address 5 ways culture can have an impact in your mental health;
Cultural emphasis is important to each culture giving special consideration to specific topics, lifestyles, events and situations. Some cultures have specific emphasis on being positive all the time also known as toxic positivity, which leaves people with little room to feel comfortable and confident to express themselves and if they were struggling mentally. What is not acknowledge does not get treated.
In some cultures, mental health is still understood or taught and is often referred to “White people’s problem”, this lack of teaching has an impact how people understanding what mental health is and what treatments are available for those who are struggling.
For some cultures mental health is still not recognised as a mental illness, with the view that one must have emotional self-control. Some cultures see mental health difficulties as a sign of weakness and something that an individual does not need professional support for.
Culture can have an impact on who and where individuals may go for support when struggling with their mental health, it’s common for people from diverse backgrounds to not feel as though they can put their trust in their local General practitioner, this may then deter them from seeking medical advice and take matters into their own hands as a result. Or not feeling supported by their community or loved ones, due to the lack of understanding and knowledge in mental health studies. Institutionalized racism can also play a part in this with people from diverse communities not feeling protected by white doctors within the medical profession.
Understanding of symptoms
Culture affects the way in which people describe for some cultures they may report somatic symptoms first before emotional afflictions, this may only if further questions are asked in relation to mental wellbeing.