Why it is important for you to be aware of mental health

Every year we celebrate Mental Health Week to raise awareness and sensitize people about mental health issues as well as to make them love themselves even more. People do not consider mental health as an important aspect. It's very important to know that mental health is as important as our physical health and they both contribute equally to our well being. We put a lot of efforts to maintain our physique. We exercise, we take nutritious food, we drink water, we meditate to keep our body fit but have we wondered about how much care our mind needs? If we don’t take care of our mental health, we become more prone to mental illness.

At this time there are 13% children, 46% teenagers and 19%adults struggling and suffering due to mental illness. Only half of them are able to receive treatment, often because of the stigma attached to mental health.

 

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The first step towards mental health

To provide adequate care, we first need to know about mental illness. Physical illness in the brain that can cause disturbances in our thinking, behaviour, experience and emotion which can make us feel uneasy and cause difficulties in coping the ordinary demands of life can be termed as Mental Illness.
We have a stigma attached to these disorders, we have a tendency to label people suffering from mental illness as abnormal and dangerous.
 

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Lose the stigma. It does not help.

This mental stigma is largely due to media, misinformation and lack of awareness and education. It can have a larger impact on those seeking treatment. Hence, one should be sensitive about it and we can help them by showing respect and utmost acceptance, ensuring they get to have same rights and opportunities as any other individual and by learning more about mental health to provide support to those affected in our families and community.

I believe, Mental health awareness can become both the means and the way of ending this apathy.

 

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Progressive government policies based on evidence-based approaches, an engaged media, a vibrant educational system, a responsive industry, aggressive utilization of newer technologies and creative crowd-sourcing might together help dispel the blight of mental illnesses.