Importance of mental health among studentsI doubt whether we have ever considered mental health equally important as physical health. This may be due to our ignorance about the different facets of mental well-being. There was a time when mental health was simply related to people who were insane. Things are better now and there is more awareness. Now we know more about different types of mental illnesses like depression, a few types of schizophrenia, mood swings, aloofness etc. We have been generally associating these kinds of feelings to our surroundings, events, physical wellbeing etc. while the fact is that they are all either symptoms or beginning of some sort of mental illness and need to be dealt with assiduity.
That being just an introduction, my aim is to bring the important topic of mental health among students for a serious discussion. Mental illnesses like depression giving rise to suicidal tendencies, aloofness leading to isolation and criminal and violent attitudes etc are no longer rare among the younger lot including students. I am not saying that such tendencies were not there earlier but now the occurrences are more frequent. There are many factors including rift among parents, pressure of studying, indulgence in substance abuse, wrong use of the internet facility, social insecurity etc. that, it appears, lead the students to such stages.
It is for the parents, teachers, friends and family to identify the changes in an individual and take necessary actions, including providing medical aid, immediately to avoid escalation of such symptoms and to bring such persons back to a normal life in the school, at home and in the society.
Mental illness among students is a matter of serious concern and there is an urgent need to create awareness including removing the taboo in visiting a psychiatrist or psychologist for corrective measures.
What do you think about the whole issue? Let us discuss the different aspects like reasons, identification, treatment (medical and otherwise), rehabilitation etc. in detail.