MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

Mental illness affects 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers, and 13% of children each year.There could be people struggling with their mental health right around you. It could be your family member, friend, teacher. However, only few of them receive thew right kind of help whereas the others don’t because of the stigma attached to it.Mental health is as important as our physical health.I causes disturbances in thinking, behaviour, energy or emotion which make it difficult to cope with the regular activities of life.

COMMON MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS:

  • ANXIETY DISORDERS:According to certain studies and statistics, more than 18% of the adults go through this every year. It also includes post traumatic stress disorder(PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder(OCD), panic attacks, generalised anxiety disorder and specific phobias.
  • MOOD DISORDERS: Mood disorders usually includes depression and bipolar depression.Statistically, it affects around 10% pf adults each year and are characterised by difficulties in regulating ones mood.

STIGMA AROUND MENTAL HEALTH:

The general perception of mental health has improved over the past few decades but studies show that the stigma around mental health is still powerful largely due to lack of education and stereotypes.People happen to attach more negative stigma to mental health than other way more serious diseases. The stigma around it not only affects the number of people seeking treatment but also number of resources available for proper treatment.

WAYS TO HELP:

  • SHOWING INDIVIDUALS RESPECT AND ACCEPTANCE removes a significant barrier which helps in coping with the illness.Its important for them to feel like they are one among us.The best way to help them is to make them feel normal and not be treated like they are ill.
  • ADVOCATING WITHIN OUR CIRCLES OF INFLUENCE is ensuring that these individuals have the same rights as you or any other person.
  • STAYING POSITIVE
  • HELPING OTHERS
  • DEVELOPING COPING SKILLS
  • GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP

EARLY WARNING SIGNS:

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  • Pulling away from people and usual activities
  • Having low or no energy
  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried or scared
  • Yelling or fighting with family and friends
  • Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problem in relationships
  • Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
  • Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
  • Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school.

Appropriation in mental health affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. People with mental health problems can getter and many recover completely.