Importance of Mental Health
Health doesn’t always come from medicine only, it comes from peace of mind peace in the heart and peace in the soul. we all are very much aware of physical health these days. It is a kind of topic which has not been ever willing to highlight cause we think that mental health is nothing compared to physical health that’s why no none was comfortable. But the thing is may be mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain but it is more common also more hard to bear. people use to make fun of such a serious disease to share their mental health related problem but it is now widely discussed and not taken for granted anymore .often said, people don’t understand things until they suffer.
Our country India is currently home to a population of over 1 billion citizens,in recent studies conducted by the WHO reveals that one in five Indians may suffer from depression in their lifetime which is 200 million people but the saddest thing is that due to the stigma associated with mental illness lack of awareness and limited access to professional help only 10 to 12 percent of these suffers will seek help. Research also shows that women are twice as likely to develop depression and anxiety compared to men this is mainly because of gender stereotypes, domestic violence, socioeconomic disadvantage, sexual harassment etc. It is said that 90% of suicide reason is depression. WHO estimates that the burden of mental health problems in India is 2443 disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) per 100 00 population; the age-adjusted suicide rate per 100 000 population is 21.1. The economic loss due to mental health conditions, between 2012-2030, is estimated at USD 1.03 trillion.
This pandemic also contributed a major part to these mental health issues. As the coronavirus pandemic rapidly sweeps across the world, it is inducing a considerable degree of fear, worry and concern in the population at large and among certain groups in particular, such as older adults, care providers, and people with an underlying health conditions. Quarantine and isolation measures urgently adopted to control the COVID-19 pandemic might potentially have negative psychological and social effects. We conducted this cross-sectional, nationwide study to ascertain the psychological effect of the quarantine and identify factors associated with mental health outcomes among population quarantined to further inform interventions of mitigating mental health risk especially for vulnerable groups under pandemic conditions.
Then what to do? What measures we should take? 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 trouble sleeping or if you have questions about diet and physical activity
Mental health education is really important and it should be given to each and every citizen first step for this is that school should include mental health education in curriculum to remove the taboo around mental illness and sensitize students caring for our mind is as important and crucial as caring for a body because one cannot be healthy without the other.