Mental health is one of the most overlooked yet equally crucial health issues.
We all go through various emotions daily. However, when these thoughts and emotions get built up and start getting negative a person can get overwhelmed into a health issue such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
Mental health if not treated or addressed can have a toll on the physical health of people. And sometimes it can be too late that makes the healing process harder. Since people still think mental disorders are taboo, we are going to explore mental issues and introduce a platform made to solve them.
Importance of Mental Health
The brain is one of the most distinguishing and important parts of humans. So why would people neglect its health?
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. It determines how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Also, it is crucial in every step of our lives, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.
Mental health is not just limited to the brain. Mental health issues branch out to physical, like high blood pressure, increased heart rate, nervousness, and even suicide in some cases.
Another reason why awareness of mental health is so important is that people seem to stigmatize its discussion and issues. If not discussed freely people will never know that the issues they are going through that can be easily cured and diagnosed. People suffer in silence thinking the problem is themselves but it’s actually their ignorance. This is why mental health awareness can help many people live better lives.
The Ministry of Health and Population of Nepal estimates that about 15-20% of the population may suffer from some form of mental disorder. Mental issues are unfortunately very common than one may expect.
What causes mental health issues?
Mental illnesses have been linked to an abnormal balance of special chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters help nerve cells in the brain to communicate with each other. If these chemicals are out of balance or are not working properly. This means messages do not go directly to the brain. Some factors which cause mental health issues are:
- Heredity: It might sound unusual but mental health can be because of heredity. Experts believe mental health issues are linked to abnormalities in many genes, not just one. This is why a person inherits a susceptibility to a mental illness.
- Infections: Certain infections can damage the brain. Because of which it can cause the development of mental illness or the worsening of its symptoms. For example, a bacteria, Streptococcus can develop Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and other mental illnesses.
- Injury: Brain defects or injury can also lead to mental disorders but this is only in severe and rare cases.
- Physical strains such as stress, anxiety, fearfulness, and overwork can trigger many mental disorders. Health issues lying dormant in the brain can be activated by such stimulus’.
What can we do about it?
Happy Minds Nepal is an online mental health and wellbeing platform. They are Nepal-based and provides online counseling services to people in and outside Nepal.
They offer access to licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited psychotherapists with various backgrounds and expertise for their users.
Happy Minds Nepal is a form of solution-oriented response to help break the taboo on mental health illness in our community. And also provide easy access to connect with professional counselors. The most helpful part of this platform is that it is online-based.
The pandemic itself is a major source of anxiety, stress, and depression for people. At times like this people can take counseling sessions in the comfort of their own home.
They have many beneficial services available to users such as one-to-one counseling sessions. This will then, lead to an initial consultation where the therapist understands your situation more deeply and shares a strategy. If you feel comfortable then your therapy starts.
Another method is group therapy where the small amount is 5 and the most 10.
There is also a workshop service with a minimum number of 10 people suitable for schools or colleges and employers who would like to encourage learning and discussion on positive thinking, teamwork, human rights, and sexual consent for a large group of people.
These kinds of services result in not just awareness but a cure for mental disorders. In a country where mental issues mean “crazy”, people feel pressured and scared to voice out their problems. These are people who at least know they have a mental disorder. Many people don’t even know what they are going through.