Everyone wants a healthy mind. But for a healthy mind, we need to follow some instructions. Being in good mental health can be defined as the state of well—being in which every individual realizes his own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to the community. Mental health is stressed in WHO’s the definition of health as: “a state of complete physical, mental and social well—being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.
In the past year, only a few hospitals and organizations in Kochi made efforts to create awareness among the common crowd about the significance of mental health. Unfortunately, the educated modern man is not greatly conscious about his mental health & not edgy until the time of an emergency.
Early detection required :
Mental health begins from the fetal stage. Regrettably, we notice issues only when there is an aberration in the expected behavior appropriate to the particular age, for instance, a child’s deviant behavior and poor scholastic performance is blamed upon the lack of parenting skills, adulthood gone astray is attributed to incongruous guidance during adolescence, and irresponsible adulthood may destroy family and maybe a cause for insecurity in late adulthood.
Reluctance to come forth:
Substance dependence, including alcohol and drugs; depression, OCD and related issues are the most common psychiatric cases reported in Kerala. However, with a psychologist, only a minority population fixes an appointment.
According to a survey conducted by the Kerala State Mental Health Authority and National Health Mission in 2016, the districts of Idukki, Kasargod, Kollam, Palakkad, and Wayanad; nearly nine percent of the population in the state is affected by mental health disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and alcohol-related mental health complications. The analysis also reveals that 12.43 percent of the people studied required psychiatric intervention.
Seeking the positive:
Mindfulness is imperative for emotional wellbeing. A person who practices mindfulness IS fully conscious about the present, is aware of her/his thoughts and is not overly reactive or overwhelmed by the situation at hand. Some people struggle with understanding what emotions they are experiencing. Frequent negative thoughts during or after failure, loss, separation, death, accident, financial crisis, etc., got to be addressed professionally.
Dealing with a mentally affected person:
- Give immediate professional assistance.
- Provide unconditional support.
- Grant relentless encouragement.
- Reinforce good choices.
How to identify mental affliction in children:
- Any developmental delays.
- Unusual behavior.
- Inadequate performance.
- Family history.
- Cultural or social conflicts.
Remedial measures that can be taken:
- Group therapy
- Cognitive behavior therapy and behavior modification.
Statistics according to a survey in 2016 :
- Nine percent had depression.
- 29 percent had schizophrenia.
- 46 percent had alcohol-related disorders.