Mental health is just like physical health. If you don’t take care of it every day, you’ll get sick.
The bad part is that there isn’t an immediate symptom that something is wrong, with both things. It takes weeks or months of not taking care of yourself to fall ill. By then it is hard to pull yourself back together.
It isn’t like if you touch a hot stove and you get burned. The repercussion is quick in that instance. There is a simple one to one relationship. You learn very fast that if you don’t want that kind of pain, don’t do that kind of action.
But mental illness, like physical illness, is cumulative. It is a slow wearing away of yourself and your strength.
But it isn’t an accident. And it can be prevented.