Mental what?

I was treated today to a presentation, a training, in reconsidering just what it is we term ‘mental health’ by a warm and funny, real and vulnerable, gifted advocate and experiencer of imbalance (the best source, no?), Ross Szabo (zay-bow).  If you do check out his site, scroll down to listen to his story, and you’ll hear what I mean.

So, what does that term, ‘mental health’, bring up for you?  Good/positive feelings?  Bad/negative feelings?  Confusion?

That’s really the starting point, I learned.  We, collectively, do not have an agreed upon working definition of what mental health is or looks like.  What we have are a lot of assumptions.

This short video, by Ross, provides the best basis I’ve encountered…see what you think:

Now that we have a working definition (contributed by the World Health Organization no less…one of the NWO branches!), we can move forward with reframing the discussion and ditch the shame.

Here it is again:

mental health is not having a problem. It’s how you address all of the challenges in your life. It’s how you handle stress, break-ups, rejection, lack of sleep, loss and everything else. We need a clear definition of mental health as a baseline. The World Health Organization defines mental health as “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

Yes, please.

Two particular points I’m asking you to consider:

First, Ross shared a disturbing statistic about today’s teens and negative stress.  The average teen is sleeping between 4-6 hours a night.  What he didn’t say, but is published knowledge, is that teen years are the second most demanding growth time in anyone’s life, requiring 8-10 hours of sleep a night, and I dare say even more than that.  Only infants require more.

What makes this statistic notable for us is what Ross shared next.

Sleep deprivation is a well known, age old, military tactic used to break down prisoners.  Allowing just 3-5 hours of sleep is most effective, Ross said, as any less produces delusions and incoherence.  Thus, our education system is breaking down our children to better indoctrinate them, and then medicate when ‘mental health’ imbalance show up.

Combine this with coping mechanisms kids are employing to get by in self-medicating, cutting, unhealthy sex, etc., and is it any wonder so many beautiful souls are struggling with addictions just to get through the day?  My son lost two teammates to overdoses within a single month.

Second, what’s most pertinent to our community is the interdimensional interference many of us have experienced without a frame of reference that has led to coping the very best way we know how at the time; which, could very well be habit modeled for us by others of influence in our lives.  And, we end up feeling disconnected, removed, ignored, unaccepted, judged, alone and lonely, left to wonder what is wrong with us and hoping against hope that it will one day get better.

At the end of his talk today, Ross, attributing his imbalances with bipolar disorder to inheritance, referenced having night terrors as a young child…monsters coming out from his closet; being chased around his room; stuff being done to him.  All, to him, an indication of early imbalance that might have been diagnosed earlier, while many of us will recognize actual interference.  But this is where it can start.

I’ll be writing a bit more about what we do with this information, but for now, wanted to share this much straight away.

With each generation, we are breaking the boundaries of silence.  In reframing ‘mental health’ to be worthy of equity along with physical health, we’ll pave the way for great health for all, and maybe even heal our own lineages in so doing.  Fancy that.

It’s amazing what recognizing and utilizing our sovereign creator-selves can transform.

Lovingness to all sistars and brostars and to your great big tender hearts <3


Photo thanks to Edu Lauton on Unsplash


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  1. Elz, So thrilled to see this post! This has really helped (me) to clarify how to think and feel about hearing these two words, mental health. Looking forward, as always, to hearing more from you on this and other subjects. Big love to you sistar!

    1. How wonderful, Liz! Thank you…what I was aiming for, opening that door and sharing the beauty that came my way. Follow up post on its way :-). Big love right back, sistar!

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