Mental Health: Responding to Life’s Challenges
The World Mental Health Day was celebrated on October 10, 2018, and the National Mental Health Week is being observed in the country from October 7 to 13, 2018. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is, “young people and mental health in a changing world”. WHO stated that most cases of mental health illnesses are hard to detect and worse, left untreated, especially that half of the cases begin as early as the age of 14. The current advocacy is to promote mental health resilience among young people, especially with the various challenges of the environment and of the world nowadays.
Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. (World Health Organization, 2014. Source: http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/mental_health/en/)
Mental Illnesses, on the other hand, are health conditions involving changes in emotion, thinking, or behavior (or a combination of these). Mental illnesses are associated with distress and/or problems functioning in social, work or family activities. More importantly, mental illness is treatable. The vast majority of individuals with mental illness continue to function in their daily lives.(Ranna Parekh, MD, MPH, American Psychiatric Association, 2018. Source: https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/what-is-mental-illness)
Watch the video below to have a brief understanding of Mental Health as a response to the challenges of life: