In a world where suicides due to mental health issues are constantly increasing at alarming rates, astonishingly little awareness is spread about these problems. Few people really understand that mental health needs just as much care as physical health, if not more.
Why is this an immediate concern?
Because statistically, every 100 minutes, a teenager takes their own life. Around one out of four people every year are affected by problems ranging from the more common type, such as depression and anxiety, to the rarer, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Suicide is now the third-leading cause for deaths of youngsters between the ages of 15 and 24. It is imperative that we familiarize ourselves with the symptoms of any mental health problem, and recognise a cry for help when we see one.
Many believe that tremendous pressure is a major cause of exponential increase of mental illness and ultimately teens falling prey to depression and suicide. Some at risk more than others. These include abused and neglected teens, teens with a family history of depression or mental sickness, teens with unacknowledged substance abuse problems, young children whose households are disrupted due to divorce, deaths of parents, so on and so forth. Nonetheless, the mental health of every individual is very fragile, and we must always look out for symptoms within us, as well as among the people around us. Some of the most common signs indicating that a person may be suffering are listed below:
- Eating or sleeping too much or too little
- Hopelessness and sadness
- Substance abuse
- Distancing oneself from people
- Losing interest in things once enjoyed
- Indifference towards one’s appearance
- Talking about death
- Low self-esteem
- Drop in grades and getting into trouble at school
As the popular saying goes, “Prevention is better than cure”. If we can promise ourselves to take good care of our own mental health, as well as that of those around us (as much as we can), we shall experience a substantial change in environment. All it takes is commitment.
Now the question arises, how exactly can we take good care of ourselves? The answer is simple, and deep down, we already know. Starting from incorporating a few good habits like regular exercise and healthy eating into one’s lifestyle, to getting professional help when required, staying positive (not that u can help it much) and being little empathetic to those around us; we can do so much to protect ourselves and our loved ones from a lot of agony.
While many of the aforementioned solutions speak for themselves, I would like to draw your attention to the matter of Healthy Eating.
Those who slept through their Biology classes may not know this, but some of the hormones responsible for happiness are dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin and endorphins. While these are naturally secreted by the body, certain foods help boosting them further to make sure that we are never short of our happy hormones. Some of these foods are:
- Fish oils
- Dark chocolate
- Nuts, Legumes
- Greek Yogurt
Lil Helpful Tips:
- Having a spoon of honey with lil lemon and 3-4 spoons of water helps a lot in producing happy hormones.
- Walking on Green Grass, with brown trees bark and open blue sky helps in producing endorphins naturally
- Anger/Anxiety/Fear can be settled by irrigating our body well i.e. immediately dinking 2 glasses of water helps to cope up right then.
- You will be surprised to know chewing 2-3 Polo (MINT WITH A HOLE) helps to settle the bouts immedeately.
- With all this general Info I would really want to mention few Dos and Don’ts while dealing with someone who is going hrough any type of mental struggles.
With Very Little Warmth and Little Dos and Don’ts, we can make a little difference. And trust me for those who suffer, A little is way too much
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