“MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS”. World Mental Health Day is observed… | by Fabiha Abid | Oct, 2021

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World Mental Health Day is observed every year on the 10th of October to raise awareness and mobilize efforts to ensure mental health. Mental health is the level of psychological well-being in the absence of mental illness. It is connected with our emotions, our ability to think, and our functioning. It immensely affects how we think, feel, and act, and how we handle stress and anxiety. Mental health is a great blessing and really important in every stage of life. It can be disturbing for many reasons and in any sector of life, be it adolescence or adulthood.

It is just like a physical illness, an agony of the brain that causes disturbances. Many researchers are starting to uncover the traumatizing causes of these diseases, which can include genetics, chemistry, brain structures, trauma, etc.

Mental illness is the pivot disorder today on the edge of the world for many teenagers. Some people are aware of it and some aren’t, but those who are aware don’t take it seriously. They just burst into laughter, which is ridiculous. Mental peace is disturbed here too.

CAUSES AND EFFECTS:

People are frightened to share things in case they are said to be abnormal so that they can’t make fun of them. There are many less calm listeners, who listen to every detail of a disturbed person. According to my, mental peace for a child is related to many things. If he/she is growing in a safe and sound environment, he will do well in adulthood too. As compared to kids being manipulated in childhood, criticized, or stabbed, they will not grow up generously normal. A kind of aggressiveness will be included in his behavior, and he will assume everything and every being is related to his past. Being a volunteer, there are certain aspects that you should keep in mind while addressing any psychological issue. To solve any psychological issue, we should understand from where it arises, why??? Its answer can be found in the environment that the family is providing, in the kind of relationship that they are having with the patient. Parents never learned how to deal with their issues with one another; instead, they burst in front of their children. Children with developing minds absorb the negativity and some get too exhausted that they commit suicide. Before this kind of mishap, there are some alarming signs which shouldn’t be neglected.

They are:

· Eating or sleeping too much or too little.

· Pulling away from people and their usual activities

· Having low or no energy

· Feeling numb or as if nothing is important

· Having unexplained aches, pains

· Feeling helpless, hopeless, crying

· Yelling or fighting with family and friends is not

· Thinking of alarming yourself or others?

· Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school.

Anxiety Disorders: More than 18% of adults each year struggle with some type of anxiety disorder, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder (panic attacks), generalized anxiety disorder, and specific phobias.

Mood Disorders:

Mood disorders, such as depression and bipolar depression, affect nearly everyone.

10% of adults each year and are characterized by difficulties in regulating one’s mood. These signs are warnings or like an alarm on which action should be taken. Students of any age, if facing any depression or anxiety, could not behave, think or talk properly. Students can get depressed from the behavior of parents towards them and with each other. They are easily depressed by their coworkers, mates, and friends. Students in school are always getting bullied (which is common), they get taunted, jokes are made about their skin color, height, slimness, being fat, grades, competitions, etc. And due to this social life, parents do not have time to give their kids, to ask them if “they are alright”. Instead, they just stay passive, and children who once cried to sleep in the dark now get comfort in the darkness. That’s how it all changes. Teachers too get exhausted and get bullied by students, by competing with their dressing styles, relationship issues, etc. Teachers mean adults too. This kind of illness makes you feel under pressure to look good, whether you have expenses to purchase or not. Otherwise, you’ll be humiliated by others. There are different types of depression that a student or teacher faces. And they both get into a phase where they think no one can help them.

TYPES OF TRAUMA AND MENTAL ILLNESS

The kind of mental illnesses that both teachers and students face are:

Mood disorders (such as depression or bipolar disorder)

Anxiety disorders

Personality disorders

Eating disorders

Trauma-related disorders

Psychotic disorder

Substance abuse disorder:

People facing this kind of mental health issue are muddled. They become distracting and some of them become quiet.

HOW TO MANAGE THIS STUFF?

Parents never realize how to deal with a kid. He is just like a seed, whom you are treating like a flowering plant. He doesn’t know what are the best essential things for him to develop. And first of all, a child is just like a sponge who absorbs all of the stuff from their guardians, either it’s bad or good. So we should not discuss our matters in front of them, and we shouldn’t fight or abuse them either. It’s ridiculous. In this case, many children attempt suicide because of the broken family. They become exhausted, they become petrified. This is the major reason that many kids find happiness in someone else. They see their parents cry. They are kids, like come on, what are we expecting from them then? They aren’t that mature to deal with this kind of trauma. Children get frightened by their parents, especially their dad when they share something. There was some kind of change in behavior in them. It got too involved in their brains so that they couldn’t think of anything else. And that aggressiveness increases day by day and becomes natural.

The second is that we should keep a delightful environment so that there isn’t any pressure because most of the depression and pressure are because of heat. People say, “Who the hell are these people to decide our future?” Students sacrifice their lives. They study what their relatives say, not what their hearts want. Afterward, they don’t know what to do with that cramming degree.

. This is how it goes on. Here we can add up to third depression, depression of grades, results, marks, or whatever you can say. People become so enervated that they only find one reason.

DEATH The competition to always be at the top is high. We should learn what

Islam teaches us to speak only good words or to remain silent. In today’s generation, the coolest thing is to embarrass someone else. They bully not only students but teachers too. We should try to make them understand that hearts can be hurt very badly. 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, teach your children, work in the next cubicle or sit in the same church pew.

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.

MENTAL HEALTH NGOs IN PAKISTAN:

Pakistan is full of young people where people are benefiting others by being therapists. So the NGOs in Pakistan are related to mental health care:

Meditrina, a specialized mental health care facility in Rawalpindi

Islamabad, Pakistan

Care for health, integrating adults with mental illness back into society, Karachi

As of December 2016, the Basic needs of Pakistan has provided support to 16,703 people affected by mental illness, their caretakers, and their family members through care and livelihood provision. Its key partners are:

1. Health and nutrition (HANDS)

2. Kawan-e-Hayaat (KeH)

3. Sindh Graduates’ Association (SGA)

4. It can be reached at +92 21 35069996.

MENTAL HEALTH ILLNESS TREATMENT:

Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is the treatment of mental illness provided by a trained mental health professional. Psychotherapy explores thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and seeks to improve an individual’s well-being. Psychotherapy paired with medication is the most effective way to promote recovery. It helps the individuals come back to their normal lives.

People around us can assist those suffering from depressions, anxieties, and mental illnesses by doing the following:

· By listening to them

· Giving them protection

Making them realize that nothing matters more than their life makes them realize that

· Small paper can’t decide what our future is.

· Giving them hope

· Loving them

These are terms I think are important if the person doesn’t want it to go, psychiatrist. In universities, there should be a society that deals with the progress and discipline of a student, as when the behavior of a student is upset, his grades get influenced. So society should deal with that person secretly. Might that help life?

OPPORTUNITIES FOR VOLUNTEERS:

Being a student that wants to help anyone, in my opinion, that student and his mates should make a website and do combined work for the help and betterment of all people. As people of this era live,

Having a social life without being social, and interacting with each other without actually interacting. These social media emojis and texts can’t describe the picture behind the actual and realistic feeling. So we should visit our loved ones and give them time. The most important thing we can give to someone is our TIME.

Conclusion:

The people behind the smiling portrait aren’t that happy. We should Medicare and ask for the things that help them. Either psychological treatment or being positive by oneself as youngsters think suicide is easier than living and facing it.

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