10 October-World Mental Health Day


10th October is observed as World Mental health Day for creating and raising the awareness regarding issues associated with mental health, and disabilities and social stigmas associated with mental disorders.

The World Health Organization defines mental health as a “state of well-being whereby individuals recognize their abilities, are able to cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and fruitfully, and make a contribution to their communities.

What is the theme of World Mental Health day in 2018?

Theme of Mental Health day in 2018 is “Young people and mental health in a changing world”. 

Statistics of World Health  Organization on Mental Health issues:

  • As per WHO statistics Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated.
  • Mental disorders have increased considerably among adolescents in the past 20-30 years
  • Depression is the third leading cause of diseases among adolescents.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-old

Mentally healthy teens are optimistic, happy and prepared for life by acquiring life skills, and ready for facing challenges. This is true as a healthy mind creates a healthy body,  while an unhealthy mind ruins healthy body.

Generally age group of 11 to 19 years is considered to be healthy but the fact is  their bodies are undergoing  rigorous mental and physical changes, making them super-sensitive to the changes in surroundings. Apart from physical changes in body, adolescence and those in early adulthood, kids face mental challenges too, putting an impact on overall mental health.

Young souls are full of energies which needs to be channelized in some positive, constructive and productive way, failing which can lead to mental ailments.

Why Mental Disorders are Increasing in Kids?

Mental disorders have increased considerably among adolescents in the past 20-30 years.

The rise has been driven by social change, including disruption of family structure, growing youth unemployment, and increasing peer, educational and vocational pressures, changes in life style changes, social circle, physical activity, food pattern, too much indulgence of technology.

Other reasons which may  raise an emotional turmoil in a kid can be leaving home, shifting schools, going to universities, employment , money, jobs, interpersonal relationships, social status and adjustments, self image, familial conflicts, domestic violence, sexual abuses, early marriages and teen pregnancies, emergencies and natural disasters.

Normal Vs Abnormal Behavior

Mood fluctuations, exploration of one’s identity  and deviant behaviors comes as a part and parcel of normal development process of a growing child. It is absolutely normal for young people to feel depressed from time to time and for this mood to last several days. But, normal behaviors can be distinguished from more serious problems by the duration, persistence, and impact of the symptoms.

Change is the rule of nature. Everyone born on this earth needs to acclimatize with time. Here comes the role of mental resiliency, but somehow some people will not be able to cope with changes, the actual conflict between past and present status crops up, bringing along mental instability and agony. A small period of emotional liability, if persists  can be converted into life long mental health issues characterized by some combination of abnormal thoughts, emotions, behavior and relationships with others.

When to Worry for Mental Health?

1. If your child remains constantly in low mood, low energy, cry easily, shows lack of interest in usual activities

2. Frequent complaints of discomfort or  pain such as headache, stomach ache, backache, and sleep problems.

3. Self harming behaviors

4. Excessive aggression

5. Isolation and loneliness

6. Deviant behavior such as theft and robbery

7. Poor a academic performance  or behavior change

8. Tendency of use of psychoactive substances, including over the counter medications pain killers, laxatives etc.

9. Weight loss or failure to gain weight with growth.

Are you Raising an Emotionally Healthy Kid?

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