Every year on October 10th, World Mental Health Day is observed. In 2018 the theme for the day was “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World”, but what really is mental health in a changing world? If someone from twenty or even ten years ago magically teleported through time to today’s society, the world as we know it today would be unrecognizable; to anyone from the past. In the last decade or so, society and the world has seen major advancements in all fields, technology has reached to unimaginable heights and will only continue to grow. Apart from these advancements, the age of social media was ushered in and is still going strong today; this in itself brings new challenges and benefits. There are also new trends, challenges, issues and societal norms, all of which affect mental health and the way that people think about it.

With all of these drastic changes, it can be hard for people to learn and know about new challenges to mental health as well as benefits, both brought upon by the changing of the world around us. It can be hard for people to adapt and learn to cope with these new challenges as well.

These are some of the reasons I decided to center this blog on the theme ‘mental health in a changing world’. This blog is aimed at highlighting the effects that social media, new technology, current issues, societal norms of today and other unique modern day factors have on mental health. To help you, the reader, learn about these effects, how to use technology to your benefit and how to cope with new challenges that we all face.

My aim is not only to teach and inform or to share knowledge, it’s also to hopefully inspire or motivate anyone that’s going through a hard time or that’s struggling with mental health. After all, we’re all in this together. Mental health conditions don’t discriminate; we all experience them at some point in our lives and it’s important for us to help one another as much as we can so that we can hopefully overcome them.


“Change is the only constant in life. Ones ability to adapt to those changes will determine your success in life”

~Benjamin Franklin

Join me next week as we take a closer look at Social Media


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