Hello, How are you? I hope you are fine ❤. Today, we will be talking about Mental Health. Mental Health is the general state of mind and wellbeing. We all go through difficult times and it may be a healthy reaction to feel negative emotions when facing challenges.
We all respond to our life experiences differently. We live different lives but there are certain factors that will affect our mental health and influence how we think and respond to challenges and opportunities. Being aware of how challenges in life can affect our mental health may make it easier to understand when we, or someone we care about are struggling. Those challenges that we may face throughout our lives include: Personal life and Relationship, Family, Money and Clothing, Life Changes (including living through the coronavirus outbreak), Health Issues, Traumatic life events, Smoking, Alcohol, Gambling and Drug Misuse. Some of us are more deeply affected by events more than others. How we deal with things can also depend on how well other parts of our life are going or how well supported we feel. So often we get caught up in identifying ourselves by how we are feeling not realizing we are so much more than that.
You are not a sad person, you are just feeling sad right now. You are not an angry person, you just had a moment of frustration. We can open up about our feelings without them defining us.
We all experience pains when we feel stressed, worried, anxious, sad, afraid, angry. These are all normal emotions. However, when these emotions become severe that it interferes with your ability to function daily, these feelings become persistent overtime and can develop into a mental health problem. There are many types of mental disorder which includes: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Social Phobia, Anxiety, Post-natal Depression, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Eating Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Mental illness is a health condition that disrupts your mental state and interrupts how you feel, think, communicate and behave.
Signs & Symptoms of Mental health can vary, depending on their disorder, circumstances and other factors. The Signs & Symptoms includes: Feeling sad or down, Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate, excessive fears or worries or anxiety, withdrawal from friends and family, Detachment from reality (delusion),paranoia or hallucinations, inability to cope with daily problems or stress, excessive anger, hostility or violence, trouble understanding and relating to solutions and to people, suicidal thinking. Sometimes symptoms of a mental health disorder appear as physical problems such as stomach pain, back pain, headache, chronic migraine and other unexplained aches and pains.
Causes of Mental Health:
•Inherited Traits(Genes): Mental Illness is more common in people whose blood relatives also have mental illness and life situation may trigger it.
•Environmental exposures before birth: Exposure to environmental stresses, inflammatory conditions, toxins, alcohol or drugs while in the womb can sometimes be linked to mental illness.
•Brain Chemistry: Neurotransmitters are naturally occupied brain chemicals that carry signals to other parts of your brain and body. When the neural networks involving these chemicals are impaired, the function of nerve receptors and nerve systems change leading to depression and other emotional disorders.
•Stressful life situations such as financial problems, a loved one’s death or divorce.
•An ongoing (chronic) menace condition such as diabetes.
•Traumatic experiences such as assault.
•A childhood history of abuse or neglect.
•Brain Damage as a result of a serious injury (traumatic brain injury) such as violent blow to the head.
•A previous mental illness.
Mental Illness is common. About one to five adults has a mental illness in a given year. Mental illness can begin at any age, from childhood through later adult years, but most cases begin earlier in life. Approximately 20% of the world’s children and adolescents are affected by mental disorders. 43.8 million adults experience mental Illness each year. About 23% of years lost to disability are caused by the combination of mental illness and substance use. Approximately 800,000 people commit suicide every year.
Effects of Mental Illness:
Effects of Mental Illness can be temporary or long lasting and associated with increased disability. A person can have more than one mental health disorder at the same time. For example, a person may have depression and a substance use disorder. The effects therefore include: Unhappiness and decreased enjoyment of life, Family conflicts, Relationship difficulties, Legal and financial problems, Poverty and homelessness, Self-harm and harm to others including suicide or homicide, Weakened immune system, heart disease and other medical conditions. A mental illness can make one miserable and can cause problems in your daily life such as at school, work or in relationships.
Fortunately, there are effective treatments and evidence based interventions available; They help individuals understand and cope with symptoms of mental illness. However, very few people with mental disorder access existing treatment services, this may be due to barriers such as:
•Stigma attached to seeking help.
•Lack of understanding of mental health problems.
•Uncertainty of how to get help.
•Fear of disclosing mental health problems.
Research shows stigma remains the biggest factor preventing people from seeking help early for their mental health problem and for getting appropriate support they need. It is important to acknowledge that we all have mental health and it is necessary to learn how we can improve and maintain our wellbeing in order to live meaningful and fulfilled life.
Possible Solutions to Mental Illness:
There is no sure way to prevent mental illness. However, if you have mental illness, taking steps to control stress, to increase your resilience and to boost low self-esteem may help keep symptoms under control. Follow these steps:
•Paying attention to warning signs: Work with a doctor or therapist to learn what might trigger the symptoms. Make a plan so that you know what to do if symptoms return. Contact a Doctor or Therapist if you notice any changes in symptoms or how you feel. Consider involving family members or friends to watch for warning signs.
•Get Routine Medical Care: Don’t neglect checkups or skip visits to your primary care provider, especially if you aren’t feeling well. You may have a new health problem that needs to be treated, or you may be experiencing side effects of medication.
•Get help when you need it: Mental health conditions can be harder to treat if you wait until symptoms get bad. Long-term maintenance treatment also may help prevent relapse of symptoms.
•Take good care of yourself: Sufficient sleep, healthy eating and regular physical activity are important. Try to maintain a regular schedule. Talk to your primary care provider if you have questions about diet and physical activity.
•Suicidal thoughts and behavior are common with some mental illnesses. If you think you may hurt yourself or attempt suicide, get help right away.
•Call your/a mental health specialist.
•Reach out to a close friend or loved one.
•Seek help from your primary care provider.
•Contact your Pastor.
•Call these suicide hotlines:
•Nigerian Suicide Prevention Initiative Counselling Centre. Hotlines: +2348062106493 +2348092106493
•Lagos Suicide Hotlines, by the Lagos State government. Hotlines: +2348058820777 +2349030000741
•LUTH Suicide Research and Preventive Intiative. Hotlines: +2349080217555 +2349034400009
•Suicidal thinking does not get better on its own, so get help.
•Check and follow this page on instagram: @koredebelloinitiative and also @mentallyawareng on instagram and twitter.
•If your loved ones shows signs of mental illness, have an open and honest discussion with him or her about your concerns. You may not be able to force someone to get professional care but you can offer encouragement and support. You can also help your loved one find a qualified mental health professional and make an appointment. You may even be able to go along to the appointment. If your loved one has done self-harm or is considering doing so, take the person to the hospital or call for emergency.
For the past years, being mentally destabilize has become a normal thing in my life. From stuttering to childhood trauma, my friend telling me that she was raped in March, 2020 and this year, 2020 as a whole. I grew up stuttering and the stigma, nervousness, fear that comes with being one has depressed me so much. I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve cried in my life. I’ve been waking up everyday this year with chronic migraine.
The aim of Mental Health is to help people reach their full potential, live satisfying lives and enjoy life to the fullest.
Importance of Mental Health Awareness
According to the World Health Organisation and World Economic Forum, Mental Illness is the largest economic burden the world has today. Only about half of people in developed countries struggling with a mental illness get the help they need while in developing countries 90 percent go without any form of treatment. The stigma against mental illness and lack of mental health awareness worsens already existing mental issues. The impact of Mental Health especially for children, mental health decides how you move throughout the world. It affects how we think, act and feel about the world around us. If a child has mental health issues that go untreated, it can shape how that child lives the rest of their life. A person’s mental health chooses whether they are going to live a healthy or unhealthy life.
We can help create Mental Health awareness in the society/world through:
•Education: about what Mental Health is and what it isn’t. It could change stereotypes, change people’s misunderstanding on Mental Health.
•Show empathy to those families dealing with mental illness.
October is a time to raise awareness of those living with mental or behaviour health issues and to help reduce the stigma so many experience.
We as a community, as a society, as an individual can start to see people with mental illnesses as normal people rather than their diagnosis. When we make a move to break the cycle, we will start to see that people with mental illness are not any different from you. The first step is having that courageous conversation. Isn’t it time to stop the stigma? It could just start with a handshake.
Please treat yourself with love and kindness while we fight injustice. Also remember, everyone’s mental strength isn’t the same. Do what you can but don’t drive yourself into that dark hole. Long after the fight is done, you might never recover.
Problem no dey finish. You only live once. please take very good care of yourself. Take a break, may be go on a vacation. Relax/rest, eat healthy and exercise.
Being Mentally healthy means being resilient and able to cope in difficult time, feeling in control, being confident, feeling good about yourself, managing & expressing your emotions and building & maintaining good relationships.
“One of the most comforting words in the universe is “me too”. That moment when you find out that your struggle is also someone else’s struggle, that you’re not alone and that others have been down the same road”. We are in this together, we will get through it together. Everything will be alright ❤.
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I just want to let you know that you are special,you are loved, you are so important and needed in life. Have an amazing day ❤🎉🎉.