There is no health without mental health

Mental health refers to the psychological and the emotional well being of an individual. A mentally healthy person is one that is properly adjusted to the emotional and behavioural requirements of the necessary stresses and conflicts associated with daily living. In other words for a person to be deemed mentally healthy, he or she must be ‘sound’ in the cognitive and affective aspects of the mental state.

Mental health diseases of different types.

  • The first type is the inheritable mental disorders.
  • The second type is the stress caused mental disorders.

In today's world of cut-throat competition where a person needs to overcome every perilous task to survive and thrive, one often finds themselves battling the mental health problems like anxiety, depression due to the overbearing stress. The most shocking fact is that the youth, which is supposed to be vibrant and full of life, suffers from mental problems the most. The reasons may be varied. May it be the stress of studies, the change in surroundings, failure, exams, peer pressure.

Peer pressure is one of the most common causes of the mental problems faced by the students today. Acceptance from the peers, the expectations of the peers all cause a major amount of stress amongst the students. Stress which they often hide from their parents, teachers, families or friends may be due to the generation gap or due to the fear of getting scorned. This all leads to the students trying to cope up the stress by themselves and wallowing in misery alone. Depression and anxiety soon following them engulfing them in a corner far from others. In a pursuit to get rid of these mental problems student soften take the wrong steps such as drugs, self-harm, suicide etc.

This sad fate can be prevented by spreading more awareness about mental health and mental problems among the masses. The parents should try to get involved more in their children's lives rather than being solely dedicated towards their job. The parents and teacher should try to reduce the uncomfortable generation gap between the two generations so that the children can feel comfortable while sharing their problems with them. The children should themselves understand the importance of mental health and their dangerous effects and should help their friends if they observe the symptoms. They can help by informing the child's parents or teachers or by trying to make them talk.

A nation’s youth is its greatest asset and it should be protected. The mental problems destroying the youth should be eradicated by taking initiative and spreading awareness.

To be healthy as a whole, mental wellness plays a role.