Craig Kielburger: You can't buy mental health services immediately


Beware of people selling medicines for physical or mental problems, especially during stressful times when we are all under stress.


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The world is busy preventing the spread of COVID-19. Beyond the advice of health experts, people are looking for any possible ways to protect themselves and their families.

This is an age of stress, anxiety and uncertainty. Sadly, as in any crisis, there are immoral people who try to profit from fear.

The magic elixir has popped up online, and snake oil products, such as silver-infused drinks, are expected to be easily cured. (I hope it goes without saying that if there is a simple treatment, it will not be popular.)

With the increase of anxiety and the generation of loneliness, people are also looking for things that can improve their mental health. —And there are many scammers ready to provide treatment.

Even at this time, we all need to make a wise commitment on the consumer side of products that bring mental health benefits.

There are many supplements, no matter what trouble you have in the market, you can use "health water" and other "treatment methods". But some health products may do more harm than good.

"The problem with" health "is that it is vague, but it resonates emotionally. What makes us feel good is health. Marketers have accepted and put it into practice." In front of the WHO Mental Health Policy Cooperation Center Director Dr. Stan Kutcher said.

Not all health products are fake. Some clinical trials have shown that lavender oil, for example, taken orally or used in aromatherapy, may have anti-anxiety effects.

However, a large number of items claimed to be good for mental health-crystals, blue light blocking glasses, alkaline water-

These products may be a good splurge, a temporary balm. But when it comes to mental health, the evidence is important.

Scientific understanding helps raise public awareness, such as depression as a neurochemical imbalance that may require medication.

Not only is this a bad mood, but it can also ease off-the-shelf remedies. The meaning behind all these products is the hope of easy repair.

But will ignoring good science in health undermine our progress in mental health awareness?

People seeking health programs to achieve results need to arm themselves with scientific literacy. If products are labeled with technical terms, check them out. When quoting experts, look for them as well. Are they a certified medical or scientific expert?

Be careful, but don't spend too much time and money looking for consumer solutions.

Research shows that people who focus on finding products that make them happy, Dr. Kuch says, are usually those who think they are the least happy.

"Self-care is hard work," he added. "Exercise, good sleep, solid nutrition, maintaining interpersonal relationships and helping others."

The biggest risk of relying entirely on products to manage our mental health is that it makes us from inside to outside rather than outside. For example: "If I don't feel well, I drink healthy water instead of seeking support from loved ones."

This introverted attention can increase loneliness and loneliness, which can lead to mental health problems such as depression .

This is a challenging period for mental and physical health. Following good scientific knowledge and best practices to maintain mental health is just as important as our expert advice on physical health crises.

Craig Kielburger is WE Movement [的创始人] 19659024]including WE Charity ME to WE Social Enterprise and WE Day.

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