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Awarness on World’s Mental Health Day

Founder’s Message Tripti Pandey

The way how we live in our daily lives with varying circumstances can impact our mental health. Life is full of ups and downs but how we face or react to it have different answers.

Multiple factors affect one’s mental health which leads to further consequences. The failures and disappointments, the loss of their loved ones, the fear of acceptance, the insecurities, traumas, bullying and abuse, rape, isolation and loneliness, peer pressure etc. cause mental health issues leading to stress, anxiety, depression, cognitive impairment, mental disorders and even sometimes to an extreme, suicide or death.

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY


In the past few years due to pandemics, the mental health of many has been affected globally. The grief and the pain people went through because of the loss of their loved ones, the fear of the pandemic, the loss of social touch and interaction, loneliness and isolation has immensely affected one’s mental health. The graph of mental illness has drastically changed due to this pandemic.

Some of the main groups of mental disorders are mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, trauma-related disorders and substance use disorders. Young adults of the age group 18-25 are the ones who are mostly affected.


Mental health is no joke. Go for a psycho-therapy or a counselling session to let out your fears. Take proper treatments and medications. Be kind and helpful to everyone for we don’t know what one goes through in their lives. Self-care is also important. Distract yourself from the things you love to do when you are under stress. Talk to your close friends when you are under stress instead of piling up inside. Be vulnerable.

let’s break the stigma together!

Jasmine kaur Rajput owner of The Voyage Inward shares her views with Worldly Voice

I am worthless, I am not doing enough, it isn’t happening the way I planned, it isn’t getting any better no matter where I turn, what to do? There’s no escape. I feel anxious. I feel unstable. I hate this feeling. Why am I cold? Why am I turning pale? Am I not enough? Why am I sad? Why do I get hurt so easily? Why do I get irritated so easily? Why do I feel unmotivated? Why am I not happy?
Have you ever had such feelings?
Are you exhausted from trying to act strong?
Have you also ever engaged in toxic self-talk like that?
Does your mind keep chattering about this with you?
Have you also felt like talking about it or asking for help?
No! Right? But don’t worry you are not the only one.
But why?
“I am afraid, people will judge me. If I share my weaknesses, I will become too vulnerable.”
The stigma keeps us from getting help and talking about our mental health.
Mental health? What is mental health?
Isn’t it really hard to talk about it because you can’t really see it? So you don’t really get what it is. Huh?
So let’s start with its definition. WHO (World Health Organisation) defines mental health as the state of well being in which an individual realises his/her own abilities, can cope with the normal stress of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his/her community.
But is there only one explanation of mental health?
It’s not just the absence of a mental disorder, illness or any sort of disability, it’s a very part of our entire existence. Our mind, our body, our soul, our brain.
Mental health is about the well being of a person. It’s a state of complete physical, mental, social, behavioural, emotional and cognitive well being. It comprises a healthy mind, high self-esteem, self-regard, a sense of purpose in life. It determines our ways of handling stress, perceiving our problems, our life, our choices, our decisions, our actions, our thought processes. It also plays a very significant role in determining the quality of our relationships. And most importantly, It’s about how we define our success and our happiness.
8.5 core people in India suffer from mental health problems and the saddest part is 75% -92% of people who suffer from it, don’t get proper treatment.
Why? Because the importance of mental health in our lives ( peculiarly in the lives of we Indians ) remains clouded.
A toothache? Visit the dentist.
A wound? Here’s the ointment.
Cough? There you go with medicine.
Does a heartache? Feeling stressed? Feeling unmotivated? Feeling anxious? Let’s go to the therapist or let’s just talk about it! Ah, not needed…………..
Positive mental health allows people to realise their fullest potential. It gives us space, a mental space, to connect with our internal selves. The way we feel. The way we perceive ourselves. It allows us to clear the clutter. To do what is needed. It allows us to heal. Take a break for some self-care. To do what is needed, what is productive. What is purposeful for us and ultimately for society. It helps us to embrace ourselves, our inner selves. It helps us accept ourselves the way we are, our entire self, our limitations too.
Mental health is a dynamic developmental process, a process of creating a safe environment for ourselves and as well as for others. A healthy body comprises a healthy mind too. The world is not out there, it’s something that resides within us. So let’s just make it beautiful. Like obviously not with flowers and stuff like but with some self-care activities. It helps to create a sense of self-awareness, recognize toxic stressful events and articulating feelings.
I know it’s hard to open up to someone about being sad for no reason, for not being able to explain what you feel, for having a panic attack without a cause.
But let me tell you this, there’s nothing wrong with these feelings, with these emotions. It is not a sign of weakness.
Our mental health is important, very important. It’s something worth taking time for, it’s a part of ‘being human’, something we need to look after.
It is not a sign of weakness; it is not something which we have to be shameful about, it’s not also something about feeling good all the time.
It’s okay not to be okay, it’s okay if you want to have extra zzz’s in the morning. It’s okay if you want to cry. It’s okay not to smile all day. It’s okay if your soul is weary.it’s okay not to be productive at times. It’s okay to feel low, to get hurt, to procrastinate, to get upset.
And it’s okay if you want help. In fact, asking for help is the bravest thing you can ever do. Let’s talk about ourselves, let’s pour our heart out, let’s share our story. Let’s remind ourselves that we are awesome, worth every inch that we occupy over this planet. Let’s talk about mental health, let’s break the stigma together.

PSYCOLOGY STUDENT – Fariha Fathima

Psychological wellness isn’t only an idea that alludes to a person’s mental and passionate prosperity. Maybe it’s a condition of mental and passionate prosperity where an individual can utilize their intellectual and enthusiastic abilities, satisfy the customer need and capacities in the general public. As indicated by WHO, there is no single ‘official’ meaning of psychological wellness.

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Psychological wellness is identified with the character all in all of that individual. Along these lines, the main capacity of school and instruction is to shield the psychological well-being of young men and young ladies. Actual wellness isn’t the main proportion of good wellbeing alone. Maybe it’s simply a method for advancing mental just as moral soundness of the kid. The two fundamental factors that influence the most are the sensation of inadequacy and frailty. Along these lines, it influences the youngster the most. Along these lines, they lose self-drive and certainty. Psychological wellness is identified with the character all in all of that individual. Along these lines, the main capacity of school and instruction is to shield the psychological well-being of young men and young ladies. Actual wellness isn’t the main proportion of good wellbeing alone. Maybe it’s simply a method for advancing mental just as moral soundness of the kid. The two fundamental factors that influence the most are the sensation of inadequacy and frailty. Along these lines, it influences the youngster the most. Along these lines, they lose self-drive and certainty.

One way of pondering psychological well-being is to check out how adequately and effectively does an individual demonstration is. Along these lines, there are factors, for example, feeling equipped, able, ready to deal with the ordinary feelings of anxiety, keeping up with fulfilling connections and furthermore having an autonomous existence. Additionally, this incorporates recuperating from tough spots and having the option to bob back.
Tragically following sixty years of autonomy, other than having a National Mental Health Program, we don’t have any countrywide epidemiological information of dysfunctional behaviours and whatever is accessible are just gauges and those evaluations depend on the pervasiveness and rate in different nations.

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Tripti Pandey
Founder/Editor - Worldly Voice

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