In this part of the world, mental health care is surprisingly not taken into great cognizance. Any individual suffering from any kind of trauma or depression is considered weak or maybe said to be under some kind of witchcraft(spell).
Although the general perception of mental health has improved over the last decade due to improved education and general way of life. Studies have also shown that stigma against mental illness is still very powerful, this is due to media stereotypes and lack of education, and that people tend to attach negative stigmas to mental health conditions at a far higher rate than to other diseases and disabilities, such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease.
What exactly is mental health?
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
A mental illness is a physical illness of the brain that causes disturbances in thinking, behavior, energy or emotion that make it difficult to cope with the ordinary demands of life.
According to reports, mental illnesses affect 19% of the adult population, 46% of teenagers and 13% of children each year. People struggling with their mental health may be in your family, live next door, teach your children, work in the next cubicle or sit in the same church pew.
If you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry.
Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse.
Family history of mental health problems.
Early Signs of Mental Illness:
• Having low or no energy
• Feeling helpless or hopeless
• Involving in addictive activities like smoking, drinking etc
• Experiencing severe mood swings
• Ineffectiveness in performing daily task
• Eating or sleeping too much
• Pulling away from people and usual activities
Ways To Maintain Positive Mental Health
• Getting professional help if you need it
• Connecting with others
• Staying positive
• Getting physically active
• Helping others
• Getting enough sleep