This week YPLA joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Mental Health Day on 10 October, so today we are going to share brief information on mental health and tips to overcome some of the disorders.
Based on statistics from the World Health Organisation and the Mental Health Foundation, an estimated 10-20% of young people globally suffer from mental health disorders. Depression and anxiety disorders make up one fifth of all mental disorders, and are a leading cause of disability and suicide. According to MayoClinic, common signs of depression are;
Sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness. Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters. Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities. Insomnia or sleeping too much. Fatigue or lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort. Reduced appetite / weight loss. Anxiety, agitation or restlessness. Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements. Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame. Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things. Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches.
Although metal health disorders are quite grave and life threatening, with help and support young people can overcome them even without medication. Mahatma Ghandi once wrote, “Where there is love there is life.” Loving and stable relationships can help to improve a person’s ability to manage stress and can help to decrease anxiety and depression. It is critical that as young people, we develop and maintain healthy and living relationships with our families, friends and others…for the love of our mental health.
As a parting short, here are a few tips to maintain good mental health;
- Exercise regularly
- Learn new skills
- Always be kind- be mindful of others and their feelings
- Maintain a healthy work-life balance
- Do not compare yourself to anyone
- Socialise with colleagues and lend a hand whenever possible
- Be part of the team
- Set goals…any goals, and work to attain them
- Talk to someone- never be afraid to reach out to someone if you are feeling low or need help
Until next time.
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