Mental Health needs a great deal of attention. It’s the final taboo and it needs to be faced and dealt with -Adam Ant
Mental Health is important for all of us just as Physical Health. How we feel and think is central to the way we live our lives. Just like our physical health, our mental health can have ups and downs. It is not only about psychological illness or mental disorders this is just one part of a bigger frame. It’s good to think about mental health as being on a continuum rather than people being either mentally ill or mentally well. People with mental health conditions deserve just as much support and compassion as people with physical health conditions. We are all on the continuance and we move up and down according to factors such as our genetic makeup and upbringing our life circumstances and the stresses we are under but one end of the perpetuity we develops mental disorders like anxiety, depression and at the other end, we have state of constructive mental health when we are thriving the contempt and fulfilled the aim of mental health interventions is to move people up the continuum so that they are able to reach the full potential and live satisfying lives. The World Health Organization mentioned mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal processes of existence, can work efficiently and usefully and can make a contribution to his or her society. Being psychologically well means being strong and able to cope with difficult situations. Very few people with mental disorders access existing treatment services due to the prevailing stigma attached to seeking help, lack of understanding mental health problems, the uncertainty of how to get help or fear of disclosing mental health problems.
There is lack of awareness for Mental issues:
• Suicide was decriminalised only in 2017, but section 309 of IPC still exists.
• This section penalises attempted suicide, unless the person can prove severe stress
• Stigma and taboo are still widely attached to mental health illnesses.
From all these factors, stigma remains the biggest factor preventing people from seeking help early for their mental health problems and getting the appropriate support they need. Stigma and discrimination prevent people with mental health problems from getting housing, jobs, and education as well as prevent people from seeking needed help. Myth is that the people with mental illness are violent and dangerous. The truth is that, as a group mentally ill people are no more violent than any other group. In fact, they are far more likely to be the victims of violence than to be violent themselves. Mental health is necessary to handle the natural ups and downs of life and to develop positive and sustainable coping mechanisms. It is important to acknowledge that we all have mental health and have a personal responsibility to learn how we can improve our well being in order to live meaningful and satisfying lives.