Monday 8 October 2018

My Article on #MentalHealth featured on WomenFitness.Org: #DrKarishmaAhuja

Importance of Mental Health by  Dr. Karishma Ahuja

According to the National Crime Records Bureau, the number of suicides in India is on the rise. According to Sources, most of these suicide victims have been in the age group of 18 to 29 years. Feelings of being unwanted, inability to cope with pressures from home and peers, failures, heartbreaks, broken relationships, unhealthy family environment, financial stress are often found to be some of the most common factors responsible for people to take such drastic steps like taking their own lives. 

What can be the reason behind such a big step?
Sometimes this step is the result of an impulsive decision and sometimes a long thought-out deliberate act to harm themselves due to depression and feelings of helplessness. The growing numbers point out an important fact and concern that needs to be addressed: We are not giving enough importance to the mental and emotional well-being of a person. We need to speak about mental health more openly. Most cases and families with these tragic deaths reported that other members of the family had no idea that their son, daughter, wife or husband was depressed. If there was an atmosphere of openness that allowed one to express their feelings openly without being ridiculed, perhaps the number of suicides we see today and even worse those suffering silently would not be so high. A lot of the times the victim does not even know he or she may be suffering from an emotional and mental issue like severe depression, Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or bipolar. The solution lies in raising awareness about mental health especially in schools and colleges. In fact children from younger days should be taught about mental health and well-being. Schools should include it in their curriculum. When children know about these disorders from an early age they will be able to identify their problems and be able to seek help at the right time.

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