Molweni, today is world mental health day,it is a day aimed at raising awareness and starting constructive conversations about mental health. The theme this year is young people and mental health in a changing world. I was saddened to read that half of mental health begins by age 14 and that suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst 15-29 year olds.
Definition of mental health
Simply defined it is the psychological, emotional and social wellbeing that affects how one thinks, feels and acts and determines how we handle stress, make choices and relate with others. It’s no different to physical health yet the latter does not have as much stigma attached to it as the other.
Neurotic– Severe forms of ‘normal’ emotional experience i.e depression, anxiety or panic
Forgive me dear reader if today’s post reads like a doctor’s visit, its just that I believe some of the issues we are having with mental health is a lack of understanding and not enough knowledge this needs to change. We need get to a point where we are well informed and that we are ok with saying I am not ok, not only when we are suffering from flu or some other physical ailment.
Psychotic- this affects our perception of reality, may include hallucinations, hearing, seeing,smelling or feeling things that no one else can.
If you or someone you know is experiencing one or more of these symptoms then you are suffering from mental health.
- Eating or sleeping too much or too little
- Pulling away from people and usual activities
- Having low or no energy
- Feeling numb or like nothing matters
- Having unexplained aches and pains
- Feeling helpless or hopeless
- Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
- Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
- Yelling or fighting with family and friends
- Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
- Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
- Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
- Thinking of harming yourself or others
- Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school
You are not alone
As most of you may know I suffer from clinical depression and anxiety and if there is one thing that I can say is that those who are still going through the most you are not alone. Speak to a professional, friend or family member, I know its hard but it does get better. If someone chooses to confide in you please listen to understand because sometimes that’s all that is needed.
I think we can all agree no one is immune, one needs only look at the growing number of celebs and well known figures who have spoken about their battles with mental health even worse those who have fought the good fight but have committed suicide. So today pay attention, check up on your friends, family , children and even yourself. As always thank you for that non refundable gift that it is your time, Please let me know on the comments section how you take care of your mental health or how you support others that are going through the most. I always enjoy hearing from you.