Saturday Report: The Problems with Communication & Mental Health

Saturday Report: The Problems with Communication & Mental Health
Saturday Report: The Problems with Communication & Mental Health

Mental Health issues can Talk to us in any language, so why do we have a problem when it comes to understanding?

Since the recent interview that took place on the Oprah Winfrey Show in which she interviewed Prince Harry aka The Duke of Sussex mental health issues have once again been taken to the forefront of public discussion. However, it has not been for the reasons that you would have thought it would have.

I openly admit that whilst I am not one of Prince Harry’s biggest fans, I do however greatly respect him for speaking out when it comes to the subject of mental health and its long-term effects on one’s own well-being.

Now when it comes to the language in our communication there are over 7,000 spoken languages in the world, along with sign language. That’s over 7,000 ways in which we can talk about matters surrounding both our issues and the state of our mental health, but why is it that a great many of us just don’t seem to understand it when we talk openly about it.

I mean, at the end of the day whenever we choose to be open about whatever it is that plagues our mental well-being, how come it all gets lost in translation, even when we say it in clear English?

Basically, there are so many ways in which we are able to talk about our problems so how come many of us still have problems understanding them.

Is it that because we struggle to understand that we decide to just stop listening? If that is the actual case then isn’t it about time then that we actually learned how to talk about it and to make sure that we can all understand it?

For the past couple of years, mental health has been openly spoken about, whether it be about struggling with the pandemic, lockdown, or grief. You cannot deny that it has been one long conversation.

What we need to do is understand the dialogues in which we talk about these as the issues are still being talked about, and let’s face it, that isn’t ever going to change anytime soon. Just because many of us choose not to speak up about it, it doesn’t mean that it’ll go away, and we can’t keep on saying that we still don’t understand what’s going on when it’s being spoken about in the simplest of terms.

In my line of work dealing with the conversation when it comes to mental health is one of the parts of my job, and even then, I have to work to understand the dialogue in which it is being communicated. It’s basically like with any language, once you actually learn it, you can converse so much better in it and therefore the communication barriers are overcome.