What exactly is Mental Health?

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The term “Mental Health” Is very ignorant. Most of us don’t know what it means. Mental Health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It has a significant impact on how we talk, feel and act.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her abilities, can cope with everyday stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and can contribute to his/her community. “

Let me give you some basic information about mental health.

Some of the different types of mental issues are Anxiety and Depression ( these are the most common), Panic disorder, Eating disorder, etc. People term it as ‘Mental Illness’, but I don’t think we should consider it an illness. It is a condition that is developed due to some reasons.

Childhood trauma, neglect, loneliness, and discrimination based on caste, colour, gender, poverty, educational stress, work/employment stress, losing someone loved are significant reasons for having disturbed mental health. No age group is not affected by depression or anxiety. Primarily every person is involved in some or another way. The only difference is that some people face it severely.

Symptoms of these conditions are feeling sad or low, loss of focus and concentration, extreme mood swings, crying, lashing out in anger, disconnecting from family and friends, stress, fears, feeling of guilt, significant changes in eating habits, suicidal thoughts, etc.

If we find anyone, be it a friend, family member, or classmate, we must help them with these symptoms. We can help them by talking to them. Most importantly, listening to them without making comments or judgements. Help them in taking advice from a therapist or doctor. Ask them what they want, what they like—there many NGOs, suicide helpline numbers, centres that help people overcome stress, depression and anxiety.

We must think before talking, before doing anything to anyone because one word or action can have a profound impact on someone’s life. We should not ignore, hate people with disturbed mental condition. We should treat them differently. Instead, making them happy and interacting with them will help them.
As Rainer Maria Rilke has said, “The only journey is the journey within. “

Written By – Chaitanya Shetty

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