How is mental health a societal—not just a medical—issue?

by Zu Xiang Ng

What do you understand of mental health? Often, as a society, we think about this through a biomedical lens: brain chemistry imbalance, genetics, and evolutionary biology are the terms we typically reach for when discussing mental health.

But our understanding of mental health has changed over the years. Critics have questioned the consequences of using a strictly biomedical approach as the only valid way to understand mental health.

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Completing his degree in environmental studies, Zu Xiang loves the environment as much as he loves reading, writing, and getting lost in a good film.

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