If Health is Wealth, Why Do So Many Ignore Mental Health

The old saying goes that “health is wealth,” yet we live in a world where mental health is often ignored. In the United States, one in five adults lives with a mental illness. That means that there are approximately 44 million people who are dealing with conditions like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. However, mental health is often seen as a taboo topic. Why do so many ignore mental health?

The mental health stigma

Part of the reason mental health is often ignored is because there is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental illness. For many people, mental illness is seen as a sign of weakness. There’s a belief that if you can’t “just snap out of it,” then there’s something wrong with you. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Mental illness is a real medical condition that should be treated with the same care and attention as any other illness.

Another reason why mental health is often ignored is because it’s not always easy to see. Unlike physical illnesses, which often have visible symptoms, mental illness can be harder to detect. That’s why it’s so important to pay attention to your loved ones and to be on the lookout for signs of distress. If someone you know seems withdrawn or uninterested in activities they used to enjoy, it could be a sign that they’re struggling mentally. 

The Importance of Mental Health

Mental health is important for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it’s essential for our overall well-being. Just like physical health, mental health is a vital part of our lives. It affects how we think, feel and behave. When our mental health is not in good shape, it can have a negative impact on our lives. We may not be able to function as well at work or school and our relationships may suffer.

Mental health is also important because it’s closely linked to physical health. Conditions like anxiety and depression have been linked to an increased risk for developing chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes. This is why it’s so important to seek help if you’re struggling mentally. By getting treatment, you can not only improve your mental health, but also your physical health.

Half of all mental illnesses begin to show symptoms by age 14

This early onset is one of the reasons why mental health should be a priority for all young people. Early intervention can often prevent the development of more serious conditions later in life.

Unfortunately, mental health is often overlooked in favor of other issues, such as academics or athletics. This needs to change.

Schools should do more to raise awareness about mental health, and parents should make sure to talk to their children about any concerns they may have. By increasing our understanding of mental illness, we can help reduce the stigma surrounding these conditions and provide support for those who need it most.


Mental health is just as important as physical health—yet it’s often ignored or misunderstood. Part of the reason for this is because mental illness can be harder to see than physical illness. But just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. There are resources available to you. You are not alone.

Jonas Hill Hospital & Clinic, a division of Caldwell Memorial Hospital provides our community with safe, dignified and integrated care for adult patients experiencing an acute mental health need. We provide hope, treatment, and healing through a holistic program of evidence-based psychiatric treatment, team-based medical care, and education provided by engaging and dedicated professionals in a safe and healing environment. Contact us today for more information. A safe space to heal.