- A TikTok viral video makes an important point about the prevalence of mental health problems.
- The psychologist Dr. Julie Smith uses grains of rice to explain that one in four people has mental health problems.
- She urges people to be “kind” because you never know when someone in your circle may be struggling with their sanity.
A psychologist uses TikTok to raise awareness about mental health issues.
Dr. Julie Smith goes viral for using rice to demonstrate how common mental health problems are. “This could be the most important video you see today,”
“I want you to imagine that this rice represents the people of the world,” she said, pouring the glass into her hand. She then explained that the brown rice means people who will never have a mental problem. “Wild rice represents one in four of us who will have a mental health problem at some point in our life,” she said. (Incidentally, this statistic is in line with data from the National Institutes of Health, which suggests that 26 percent of Americans will experience some diagnosable mental health condition in any given year.)
Smith then mixed all the rice together. “When you have a mental health problem, your mind is convincing that you are the only one,” she said. Smith took several random grains of rice and divided them into categories of family, friends, and colleagues.
Mental health problems are “a natural part of being human. Whether you’re with family, friends, or coworkers, chances are some of them will struggle with their mental health as well at some point in their lives, “she said.
She ended by saying, “Even if you don’t have any problems, you will likely brush your shoulders with someone who is. So be nice. “
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People were all in the comments about it. “Love that!” one wrote. “I’m one of those dark brown rice,” said another. “Awesome Representation Doc,” wrote someone else.
Just a head away: Smith has a number of these TikToks explainer online – and they’re definitely worth checking out.
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