In this article, we will talk about a more tabooed topic that is “Mental Health Care”.
We will dive deep into the actual definition of Mental Health while exploring some serious implications of a bad version of it. The sole objective is to make you aware of the seriousness of the issue and provide some very simple solutions to help your loved ones struggling with this situation.
So let us first understand what mental health is, through an example.
A new day:
Mr. A wakes up in the morning feeling positive, greets his family and friends, revises his daily schedule , reaches his work place, works cordially with his colleagues and comes back.
This is what a normal day looks like for a mentally healthy person.
Mr. B, however, wakes up in the morning feeling hopeless, frustrated and extremely low on energy. He engages himself in useless and avoidable arguments with his family and friends and is not willing to go to work. Upon reaching his workplace, he feels unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared. He is unable to perform to the best of his abilities and returns home feeling numb and having persistent thoughts and memories he can't get out of his head.
Mr. B finds his normal day much more stressful than Mr. A, although the daily activities are the same. These are some early signs of bad mental health.
Mental health, as defined by the World Health Organization, is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”.
Simple, isn’t it?
Apparently not. Our mental health largely affects our day to day activities, our life-choices and even the smallest of our decisions. It affects our personal lives, our relationships as well as our reactions. Needless to say that mental health is vital through every course of our lives.
But to our great dismay, it is not recognized as it should be and worse, it is even mocked upon, often associated with “drama”.
Mental health issues are more common these days as a result of constant need for validation from our loved ones and even strangers as in the case of social media. It’s fragility is to an extent that teenage girls turn suicidal for something as trivial as not getting enough “Likes” on their photos. About 95% of people commit suicide have a psychological disorder at the time of death.
In fact, mental, neurological and substance abuse disorders make up 10% of of the global burden of disease and 30% of non-fatal disease burden.
This is where Mental Health Care comes to the rescue. The very first step to Mental Health Care is recognition of the problem, it’s acknowledgement. Most of the time, the victim is in denial of his situation. As humans or as part of this societal structure, it is our ethical duty to be empathetic. So, how do we realize that someone around us needs help?
The answer is simple. Talking. Damaged mental health is often a consequence of bottled-up emotions and loneliness. Something as simple as talking maintains the flow of emotions preventing them from accumulating and forming baggage. So, the next time you see someone close to you being awkwardly quiet, make them believe that they can talk to you or anyone else close to them who they confide in. We must always choose our words very carefully so as to avoid making them feel guilty of their own state. We should also never sound sympathetic because it only lowers their self esteem.
We should also gradually try to convince them to take professional help without thinking any less of themselves. Many people do not seek treatment for mental illness due to the associated stigma. Only 44% of adults with diagnosable mental illnesses receive treatment.
Let us all be reminded that the world is a beautiful place to live and we can make it better by doing our bit. It is our ultimate goal to pull away as many people as we can from the abysmal darkness inside them.
Be aware, Be kind and Keep Talking...