In first world nations across the world, we appear to be living good lives. Our life expectancy is going up, we have more access to food and water than ever, and technology has made our lives easier. However, there’s more to life than how long we live. Mental health problems are on the rise, and we want to explain a few reasons as to why that may be the case.

Therapy is for Everyone

Therapy and counselling is good not just on a superficial level, but also a personal level.  If you live in a first world nation, therapy can benefit you in many ways. It can help you reclaim your life, or just help when you need advice. If you don’t want to visit a therapist physically, online therapy has become a growing solution. For more information, click this link:

We Are Ageing

One reason for the mental health problems we are facing is the fact that we are living longer than ever. While we can sustain our bodies for much longer, the mind begins to slow down with time. There are many ways to reduce and cope with this; technology has helped with ageing, along with keeping your brain sharp. However, time eventually catches up.

Not Enough People Have Access to Mental Healthcare

In some countries more than others, getting healthcare is a challenge. One’s medical insurance may not cover therapy, and it can be an expensive process, especially if you live in an area with no affordable or free options. Online options have made this challenge a little better, but there is still a lot we can do.

We Are Restless

More people are having a hard time getting a good night’s rest. Not getting enough sleep can lead to mental health problems, and no amount of energy drinks can help. There are many reasons for this. Stress, our jobs, looking at screens all day, all of this can keep you up at night.

It’s Easier to Diagnose

Some would argue that people have always had these mental health problems, and that it’s become easier to diagnose. There is truth to that. Someone with a mental health problem would have simply been seen as insane back in the day, and they wouldn’t have had the treatment they needed.


Life is simply more stressful. While we are not hunting for food, there are many ways stress can be triggered. From being harassed online to your paper being due; these things may sound a bit insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but your brain treats all stress quite equally. Some stress levels are needed to survive, but many of us aren’t equipped to handle the stresses of modern life.

We Live Sedentary Lives

Because life is so much easier, many of us sit around the house and eat food that isn’t good for us. This can have an effect on your mind. The brain was designed to work out. Working out can help you feel happier, relieve stress, and keep your brain sharp. However, our sedentary lives are certainly not helping.

There is Still a Stigma

While mental health awareness has been more normalized, there are still many who think people who have mental health problems are just excusing their mistakes. Or they may think that if someone looks good, they must not have any problems. There is still a stigma we need to fix. Fixing starts at home. If you have children, you can teach them about mental health awareness. For ideas on how you can do this, click here or look here.

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