The younger generation is now speaking up in normalizing Mental Health Checkup and Therapy.
New Normal- The younger generation is now trying to normalize mental health checkups and therapy. This is becoming a necessity, especially during these challenging times. There are so many stressing factors lying around, such as social media, historic pandemic, and societal unrest. But the underlying dilemma now that needs to be resolved is how these people cope and maintain their mental health.
The New Normal Mental Health Movement
With all the mental issues, one of the powerful advocates of resolving it is Lily Cornell Silver. She lost her father, Chris Cornell, who is a rock legend, to suicide last 2017. She was able to cope with the grief after ongoing therapies. By then, she became an outspoken advocate for mental health awareness.
“We don’t know anybody who isn’t currently struggling with their mental health,” Silver says.
She developed the Mind Wide Open online show with the help of her family and friends. This show will be watched weekly through Instagram’s IGTV app. This allows Silver to share ideas and conversations while shedding light on mental health therapy and self-care issues.
“In our generation and in our society right now, younger people are facing such a different relationship with mental health issues because there is so much more over-stimulation and so much more information and a different form of chaos than there may have been earlier in history,” Silver added.
Research studies show that the overuse of cellular devices can harm the user’s mental health. Fortunately, researchers at Dalhousie University have created an app that can detect conditions that may start the user’s mental health at risk. They have named it as PROSIT app can sense like sleep, call frequency, exercise, and any activities, including the subtle data. For instance, the app can take a hint of emotional distress the way the user type on the device.
PROSIT could help psychologists track and understand their patients’ milestones. Especially during this new normal, when their patients have only themselves. This app could also lead to more effective treatments for them.
According to Meier, having told CBC that PROSIT may not accurately predict mental health crises before they happen. Still, the app has proven to be a helpful tool for psychologists that complements, rather than replaces, treatment for their patients. With the current situation, the COVID-19 pandemic, this also allowed mental health professionals to monitor their patients amid the social isolation and stress of lockdowns during this new normal.