Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 SECONDS. Many more attempt suicide which most of the times is not looked upon. Have you ever wondered why the suicide rates are soaring high continuously each year? Have you ever thought about depression that most of us have maybe because of our studies or our work life or due any other reason. The effect it has on you and your surroundings is adverse and unimaginable. This depression when bottles up and increases forces one to take unthinkable steps like suicides. The depression in you targets nothing but your mental health. It changes your way of thinking and judging the outer world. It destroys your will to be optimistic and prevents you to have a broader outlook of your environment. Well, here comes the need to know about our mental health. Why has it become so important to look after in this modern world?
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, work in the next cubicle. However, only half of those affected receive treatment, often because of the stigma attached to mental health. Untreated, mental illness can contribute to higher medical expenses, poorer performance at school and work, fewer employment opportunities and increased risk of suicide. The two most common health disorders that people suffer are anxiety disorders and mood disorders. These mental illnesses may damage your thinking abilities which may have an impact on your work. The major reasons for mental health problems in students and teenagers may be societal pressure to perform better in academics, family problems etc while mental health problems are also observed in working professionals because of their heavy work load.Here comes the need to be aware about the mental health problems.
Awareness is a form of education. The more you know , the more power you have. Knowledge is power. This power can cause a positive effect in our community. Awareness is the key for understanding what mental health is and how families can receive the help they need. Public knowledge is important in accessing community resources. Lack of awareness of mental health is not just “their” problem, it is our problem as a community. We should attend health fairs, resource fairs, read more, listen to it. You could even get more information about the resources and services offered. Mental health awareness should not only be for a day or two or even a month. We must be informed about it because it can easily happen to someone close to us. Community awareness for mental health reduces stigma. Mental health awareness increases the chances for early intervention, which can result in a fast recovery. Awareness reduces negative adjectives that have been set to describe our people with a metal illness. We should not isolate mental illness from the physical heath conditions, such as diabetes, blood pressure, or cancer
Awareness can also create new improvements for the mentally ill. As there is more demand from the public, it can produce a flow of attention. This attention can eventually result in great changes for the mentally ill. It can lead to improvements on policy, research, and service development. Let’s make this issue a priority because we have a high demand. If we raise more awareness, the demands may increase and can result in more funding for our needs. Attitudes and behaviours move a community into either a positive or negative trend. If there is a negative trend than the implications may cause a combination of denial and hatred. So, in a nutshell we should not underrate the adverse effects of mental health problems and should move forward together as a community to treat it. We must be optimistic and supportive at every moment to those suffering from mental disorders. We should create a peaceful environment wherein only positive thoughts flow through our minds. Let us together make this world a better place to live and most importantly a better place to think.