Journaling for Mental Health

Journaling for Mental Health

Karsen N. Keech, Patricia G. Coberly-Holt
Copyright: © 2021 |Pages: 6
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4477-8.ch005
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Abstract

Mental health is one of the most common difficulties faced by young adults. The authors in this chapter want to bring the awareness needed in today's society by providing a personal experience along with four strategies that may be helpful for individuals struggling with mental health. The four suggested strategies are tell someone you trust, to not be afraid to talk to a professional, try journaling when you first begin to experience mental health-related problems, and lastly, to take a step back and recognize you have options to help your situation. Different types of journaling, including reflective writing and visual journaling, are discussed through the literature as they have been suggested to improve mental health-related problems.
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Introduction

Struggling with mental health-related issues is prevalent at all ages. In fact, mental health is one of the most common difficulties faced by young adults (Gayathri & Priya, 2019). In today’s society, awareness of mental health is improving; however, it is still not where it needs to be. It is becoming more common to talk about mental health and for some, it doesn’t seem as shameful as it once was in our society. For others, it still feels as if there is no one to talk to and they will be seen as less if they do talk about it. The authors in this chapter want to bring awareness and a few simple strategies that may be helpful to one’s mental health; specifically in young adults. Therefore, a few methods involving dealing with depression through journal writing are introduced. The authors will do this by sharing a personal experience with mental health during young adulthood and methods that helped lessen its effect.

Reasons for Mental Health in Young Adults

Mental health is impacting more young adults than we may know. Ten to twenty percent of children and adolescents worldwide are suffering from mental health-related problems (Gayathri & Priya, 2019). Considering that this number is composed of only the individuals who reported feeling this way, imagine how much higher it would be if the ones who were hiding their mental health-related problems were included in this report. According to Gayathri & Priya (2019), a large factor impacting mental health in young adults is peer pressure. In the society we live in today there is a great deal of pressure from our peers to look a certain way, dress a certain way, act a certain way, and even talk a certain way. Peer pressure can be found in several different settings; including school and online. Feeling this pressure from others makes individuals feel as though they can not speak out about their problems. Having mental health problems can be seen as weak and this leads individuals to not get the help they need. This is an issue that needs to be addressed.

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