When most people think about health, their first thoughts involve the physical and not the psychological. Mental Health is an overlooked area in the healthcare system when it should be at the forefront.
Mental Health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” – W.H.O
A Healthy mental state allows one to live life to the fullest extent. It’s 2017, and the stigma of being deemed ‘crazy’ is still alive and well, so much more prominent in smaller island states. Negative stereotypes have a grave impact on persons who have mental health disorders which discourages them from seeking help.The idea of taking medication for your mind is a difficult concept to digest but in some cases it’s not necessary, it’s just a matter of counselling and emotional channelling.
Mental Health Awareness
The public must be sensitized about the importance of mental health so that they understand and are not quick to judge. A well equipped facility or ‘Safe Haven’ needs to be established where persons can feel comfortable in seeking help.
Employers need to provide workshops on stress management, and other activities that help in creating and maintaining a healthy, productive environment. It’s important to educate our children on self development skills; ways to cope with life stresses, so that they are prepared. Too often we let our emotions get the best of us which results in situations that are highly consequential.
Depression is perhaps the most common mental illness which can recur multiple times throughout a person’s life. Although it’s manageable, lifestyle changes are necessary in preventing relapses. These changes can be simple as staying away from certain people or environments.
Most people are oblivious to the fact that by treating mental illness, other physical health issues can be prevented. For example persons who suffer from depression are at risk for gastrointestinal issues, cardiovascular disease and strokes. In summary, the brain and the body are connected.
There is a lot of work to be done in shaping an accepting society which will go a long way in helping with it’s management.