"Healthy Mind, Healthy Body."
Mental health refers to our cognitive, behavioural, and emotional wellbeing - it is all about how we think, feel, and behave. The term 'mental health' is sometimes used to mean an absence of a mental disorder.
Mental health can affect daily life, relationships, and even physical health. Mental health also includes a person's ability to enjoy life - to attain a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience.
In this article, we will explain what are the drawbacks of Mental Health and its effects on our day to day life.
People's perception related to Mental Health's issue or about its awareness is that it's only for those who are suffering from Mental Disorders but they are wrong mental health problem is different.
They are Anxiety, Depression and Stress which leads to many problems.
According to WHO (World Health Organization),
the greatest burden of mental and behavioural disorders, in terms of most years of life, lost due to disability or death adjusted for population size, India is the most depressed country in the world (Mental Health Day 2018).
"It's so common, it could be anyone. The trouble is, nobody wants to talk about it. And that makes everything worse."
The major problem which leads to Mental Illness is a lack of communication. Nowadays, the world of technologies who born babies like social media, the Internet, hi-tech gadgets i.e smartphones, smart television etc. This smart gadget made us stupid in means of creativity, they grow up addiction in us like social networking sites i.e Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, etc.
Here the question arises in our mind whether social media hurting your mental health?
60% Yes but 40% No. It's up to the user how one uses it. Abstinence is not an option, but you can 'practice safe social.'
The study has shown that social media creates Anxiety, depression and stress. According to the Canadian Association of mental health report - Grades 7-12 students who spent over 2 hours per day on social media reported higher depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. 7/10 students would get rid of their social networking accounts were it not for fear of being left "out of the loop."
The major loophole of Social Media is online harassment the observation has shown that 40% of online adults have experienced online harassment. 73% have witnessed online harassment. In Social Media, WE are the Product.
"micro-moments over time become a macro problem."
The problem related to the lack of communication-
Poor social skills often lead to stress and loneliness, which can negatively affect physical as well as mental health. "We've known for a long time that social skills are associated with mental health problems like depression and anxiety."
After all the research and observation I come up with a short poem-
When it Comes to me
When I talk to you,
Talk to me back.
Because without your help,
I am nowhere.
Without you I am fruitless,
I am broken.
But with your help,
Tomorrow I can be better.
"At the end of the day, remind yourself that you did the best you could today and that is good enough."
Let's give light to the dos and don'ts of it.
Self-control is an important life skill.
Don't allow your negative emotion to be visible.
Do show that you still care this may be seen obvious but after mental illness makes a person broken.
Never argue with the person.
Keep the environment quiet and calm.
Keep an eye on their safety and that of others.
Speak quietly, slowly and politely.
Give the person extra time to respond to our request.
"Stay strong, your story isn't over yet."
Let's come under Indian scenario related to mental health awareness:
India is facing a serious mental health crisis, with an estimated 56 million people suffering from depression and 38 million from anxiety disorders, according to a report by the World Health Organisation. Mental distress is believed to be a key reason why one student commits suicide every hour in the country.
However, the attitude of many Indians towards this problem isn’t helping. In a survey of 3,556 respondents from eight cities across India, a staggering 47% could be categorised as being highly judgmental of people perceived as having a mental illness, according to non-profit The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLLF). Within this category, respondents were more likely to say that one should keep a safe distance from those who are depressed, or that talking to a mentally unhealthy person could affect the mental health of others. What’s worse is that 26% were categorised as being afraid of the mentally ill. These respondents were less likely to agree that there’s nothing wrong or crazy about people with mental illnesses, or even that they should be part of the community.
Indians’ feelings towards those with mental illnesses:
Look at them as a person, not the disease.
Many people believe that people with mental ill health are violent and dangerous, when in fact they are more at risk of being attacked or harming themselves than harming other people.
Media reports often link mental illness with violence or portray people with mental health problems as dangerous, criminal, evil, or very disabled and unable to live normal, fulfilled lives.
You must change your PERCEPTIONS of MENTAL ILLNESS.
With this article, I throw some light on mental health awareness. Society is to progressing by societal changes. And have contributed to greater public awareness of mental health issues as well. The media, with the creation of magazine and newspaper health and science sections, health-related television programming, speciality magazines such as Psychology. Today, have helped to demystify many psychological and mental health issues for millions.
It's okay to feel unstable. It's okay to disassociate. It's okay to hide from the world. It's okay to need help. It's okay not to be okay. Your mental illness is not a personal failure.
"Don't be ashamed of your story. It will inspire others."