When was the last time you asked someone about their mental health? When you say I’m fine, does it include mental health? Read until the last line to know everything that you should know about mental health.
1. What is mental health?
2. Why should you know about mental health?
3. How to identify mental illness?
4. What causes mental illness?
5. Whom to consult with mental health?
6. Can we prevent mental illness?
7. Busting common myths about mental illness
8. What can we do?
9. Do not make and spread jokes on mental health.
10. Coping with the difficult times and covid anxiety
11. An initiative by WHO (World Health Organisation)
What is mental health?
According to WHO, "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
In simple words, Mental health is being psychologically and emotionally fit from within. That aspect of life keeps fueling all the other aspects. Your mind decides how you handle your emotions and, as a repercussion, how you live life.
Life is more of your reactions to the circumstances. Masters your mind to conquer the challenges that come in your way towards success, happiness, peace, and, most importantly, your health.
A healthy life is a bi-product of a healthy mind. Someone who is mentally healthy will perform comparatively well in life than mentally ill or unwell.
When you are fit from the inside, the challenges you have to face from the outside will seem more manageable.
Why should you know about mental health?
No matter whether physical or mental, awareness of health is fundamental. You should know what is happening with your mind and body to keep yourself healthy.
Your actions, expressions, feelings, thoughts, and whatnot, everything has their roots in mental wellbeing. If you are not aware of how well you are from inside and how to deal with your mental health, you will not find a ground to be peaceful.
Mental wellbeing is like that pinch of salt that balances every other ingredient when in the right amount and ruins the whole dish when there is an issue.
What is Mental illness?
According to the American Psychiatric Association, “Mental illnesses are health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking, or behaviour (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work, or family activities.”
In other words, Mental illness is a simple term that has a lot of complex aspects to talk about. In simple terms, Mental illness is not able to be peaceful even when everything around is alright. Being unwell mentally is like the disturbing alarm that is ringing inside.
Somebody experiencing mental illness may not be able to contribute their fullest to their responsibilities and life. One must always be considerate of their condition and offer concern.
Mental illness does not limit someone to uneasiness in mind but may extend and result in physical illness like nausea, vomiting, numbness, etc. Finding out who in the room is mentally well and who is not is very tough.
However, poor mental health is very different from mental illness. Also, we cannot put all the mental health-related issues under one roof, considering them or treating them the same.
There are many disorders or issues in mental health. Few of them include anxiety, eating disorders, personality disorders, substance use disorders, depression, PTSD, schizophrenia, etc.,
How to identify mental illness?
Now that there are different types of mental illnesses, the symptoms depend on the illness itself. But having said that, we can also see the different symptoms commonly shared by people suffering from their mental health.
Following are some of the common symptoms
Having issues with sleeping patterns
Compatibility issues with friends, family, or spouse
Lose of hope
Stomach pain or stomach problems
Lack of interest in all
Worsening of these symptoms implies worsening of mental health. If you constantly feel sick or sad or constantly feel like escaping from this world or your people or life, you need to consider your mental health an essential factor.
The lack of awareness, misconceptions, misunderstandings, and misconceptions result in the mental health stigmas prevailing. One should always look beyond the stigmas and save themselves and society from the shackles of stigmas and stereotypes.
What causes mental illness?
They are many factors that can cause mental illness. Physical, mental, and social strain can cause mental illness. Also, it can be due to the environment or heredity that somebody experiences mental illness.
Significant and traumatic experiences also contribute to mental illness. Better that one chooses to go to a professional practitioner and gets treated for the illness, which should be normalized.
Whom to consult with mental health?
The next question you might ask is whom to consider to get ourselves better mental health. Psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, therapists are people who are out there to help you out with your mental health.
Mental health should always be concerned, addressed, and treated. When you need professional help, seek it. Don’t let any stigmas or insecurities let you become hesitant about the fact that you need help.
Seeling psychological help should be treated as usual and as essential as one considers physical help. Going to doctors for physical illness and going to psychological practitioners should be considered with equal importance.
Can we prevent mental illness?
Genetically caused mental illness cannot be prevented, but growing in an environment in which you are comfortable and warm may save you from the direct effects of mental illnesses.
Children must be nourished and bought up properly in the correct amount of love, care, and concern. All sorts of personality disorders and the majority of mental disorders have their root cause in childhood.
Divorced parents, peer pressure, domestic violence, child abuse, and all that cause damage to the child’s mental peace tend to become the root cause of their mental illnesses tomorrow. So childhood is the right time to keep the child warm enough to grow up to be mentally peaceful.
People must be educated about mental health and lead a mentally healthy life. One should be aware of what is happening in their mind and how they affect their personal, physical, and social lives.
Busting common myths about mental illness
1. Mental health issues are rare in people.
This statement is not true at all. Mental issues are prevalent among most of us. The only this is that we are not aware of it. Every three in hundred people show symptoms of Generalized anxiety disorder. According to WHO, in every four people, one is affected with mental or psychological disorders. So mental health issues are not rare, and please don’t ignore them.
2. People with mental illnesses are harmful and should be avoided.
No. not at all. Not all people going through difficult mental conditions are harmful. A small ratio of people become violent and unpredictable; others are pretty much normal.
Also, please do not be so unkind to tag somebody mentally unwell and avoid them. If they need care and protection, please don’t insult them.
3. Friends can be therapists.
Friends and family can be like therapists but cannot be therapists. Therapists are more professional, and they can deal with you in a better way. They are more constructive and reliable. So the better option that one must choose is to visit therapists whenever you need them and as early as possible.
4. Sleeplessness is normal
No, sleeplessness is not normal. One must realize that the essentiality to address sleeping and eating disorders and get them treated. Sleeplessness may cause gastric trouble and digestive issues.
Many myths are prevalent among the people and are obstructing progress. Hope you do not believe in hearsay but clinical studies and researches.
Keep educating yourself and be aware of your body and its needs, alerts, and warnings.
Do not self-medicate. Instead, seek professional help.
What can we do?
We must play a sound role in mental health awareness and spread this word to the world. Our role does not end with posting slogans on social media. Still, we should check on ourselves first and then on our immediate family, the extensions, friends, and everybody who is close enough to be transparent to us.
You will never know what a person is going through, so always make a point to be very kind and considerate to everyone you encounter. Also, if you suspect anyone suffering, don’t be rude to them or don’t hurt feelings but politely suggest them to take professional help.
Do not insult anyone or force anyone in the process of sending them to the professional healers. Always be there to hear them out. Don’t criticize them for expressing their feelings because they may go back into their shell forever.
If you think you are unwell from your mind, seek help and understand that you are not guilty for not being mentally well. How you are feeling is entirely valid, and seek people who can make you feel better. Talk to those who have gone through the same distress and have conquered it.
Do not make and spread jokes on mental health.
Please do not spread or encourage jokes regarding mental health. They are not funny. Instead, they are very triggering. The sarcastic approach to mental health is terrible and dangerous.
Do not use words like depression and OCD for simple and temporary emotions. Mental health issues are more severe, and they need to be addressed, especially with a lot of concern rather than making jokes out of it.
Keep a filter for the joke you are making or spreading, ask yourself, ‘Is that joke fun for all ? or make sure your joke does not ruin anyone emotionally .’ only if the answer is bold yes, then make or tell the joke to somebody else.
Coping with the difficult times and covid anxiety
The whole world is facing the most difficult times. Mental health is on the toss due to the covid anxiety. Keep calm and keep yourself peaceful. Avoid stuffing of news and be positive. Talk to your friends and keep in touch with all you those whom you love.
Eat well, exercise, and only let positivity come in. Understand that you are not alone and stay strong from inside. Spread love and awareness. Do not believe in or spread out rumours. Be kind both with yourself and the world.
Inculcate a hobby or task that keeps you occupied because an idle mind is a devils’ workshop. Keep yourself away from circumstances that might land you in becoming more and more anxious.
An initiative by WHO (World Health Organisation)
WHO has realized the importance of considering mental health. The director-general of WHO has set goals for the team, in 2018, to take measures to make mental health available and accessible least by the year 2023.
WHO has emphasized putting particular concern on mental health From 2019 to 2023 so that the goal can be accomplished. WHO aims to provide affordable mental health help and care to over a hundred million people and twelve countries.
We shall hope the initiative turns fruitful and the goals are accomplished.
You are not guilty of being mentally sick.
Before concluding, I would like to tell you that you are not wrong if you are mentally sick, and you deserve to seek help if you are not well. People will mental illness are not weak; a lot of courage is required to challenge the mental illnesses.
So do not feel shy or guilty to talk and get help for your mental or physical condition.
Mental wellbeing is essential to a peaceful life. Help and seek help whenever required. There is no guilt in seeking help. Be aware and conscious of yourself and your people. Also, spread this note which is a peace bringer.
Be open to good vibes and reflect the same back. Spread love and kindness both in and out of yourself. Be aware of your mental health and take care.
Wish you all the peace and health.
1. When is mental health day?
The month of October is considered mental health awareness month, and every year the ten of October is considered as mental health day.
2. What is the difference between depression and sorrow?
Depression is not mere sadness. Depression is chronic sadness that affects a person mentally, physically, socially, and emotionally in all dimensions. Depression needs to be identified and treated. Depression is much more intense than sadness.
3. Has the awareness about mental health increased?
Yes. People have known a bit about mental health, the progress is good, but it still has a long way to go ahead.