MENTAL ILLNESS IS NOT CONTAGIOUS. YOU WON'T CATCH IT BY BEING KIND.
Every year world mental health day is observed on October 10. But still, people with mental health issues are some of the most stigmatized, marginalized, and disadvantaged members of our society. It is easy to post about mental awareness on social media and being an absolutely different creature on the other hand when it comes to practicing.
People around us with mental illness are seen as negative, lazy, thoughtless, and dangerous people.
We now use the term mental health problems and intend it to be synonymous with other terms such as mental health needs, mental ill-health, mental health conditions, or mental disorders. The World Health Organisation defines mental disorders as a broad range of problems, with different symptoms, which are generally characterized by some combination of differences in behavior, abnormal thoughts, emotions, and relationships with others.
People with mental illness face sets of challenges. On the one hand, they have to struggle with the symptoms of their illness and on the other hand facing the consequences created by the stereotypes and stigmas of the people.
Rest it results in the lack of jobs for them, better understanding, lack of self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-control.
WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE AS HUMANS CAN DO A LOT MORE INSTEAD OF JUST BEING JUDGEMENTAL.
What impact does the mental health of individuals have on the lives of the person itself and on the family members, friends, and people around them?
It's not very strange now to see people who are suffering from mental illness, do not open up and people around them don't even know what they are going through. Mental illness is not only defined by a major disorder of the Brain. It consists of people suffering from even slight depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and overthinking.
Such People slowly become socially introverted. They would eventually lose interest in the things they used to love and do the most. So what happened? Why such a drastic change in their behavior?
We often tend to let go of such things, considering it as a “normal phase of life” and suggest the other person take time and things will get better.
That's where we lack. And I consider 2 important factors leading to such major changes in a person's life.
1. Lack of Communication
I read somewhere that, "Effective communication is essential in building rapport and developing therapeutic relationships."
What does it mean?
Even when you are not stressed you can totally explain yourself to someone about something that's really very important to you and they don't understand it or are not paying enough attention to the things. Even Such incidents make you feel useless, unimportant, and alone. It's the human tendency. You will get hurt no matter where it is coming from. Be it your friend, family, or your professional life.
We want to be heard, and not just Listened to.
These little things keep piling up within the mind, and eventually, the person doesn't feel like opening up to anyone.
2. Active Listening
A Listener Needs a Listener Too. Listening is a key component of communication. If any of your friend, family member who is not doing well for some time, and you notice certain changes, TALK TO THEM.
They won't open up easily, but keep talking. Keep asking them about their days and the activities.
It has been said that Good communication can even help speed both physical and mental recovery.