Mental health influences psychological, physical, cognitive, and behavioral facets of one’s life, as we all know. It all comes down to how we think, behave, experience, and develop as people.
Mental health is described as “a state of well-being in which a person recognizes his or her own abilities, can cope with normal life stresses, can work productively and fruitfully, and can contribute to his or her community,” according to the World Health Organization. Our mental health can deteriorate for a number of reasons, contributing to mental illness, when our physical condition or fitness deteriorates due to a variety of causes such as injury, death, or cancer. All of these factors, as well as stress, social isolation, social inequality, trauma, and bereavement, are possibilities.
Mental disorder has become more common in recent years, both globally and in Nepali culture. The number of people in need is increasing at an alarming rate, but so is the number of people who can be supported. Through tough periods of history, such as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the number of people in need skyrockets. In a country with limited resources, such as Nepal, the problem is exacerbated because the government and other stakeholders are unable to devote sufficient attention to the sector.
The government and the general public should begin to take mental health seriously as the number of people suffering from psychological conditions and dying as a result of them continues to rise.
Some common psychological problems include anxiety, phobias, personality disorders, panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). A mental illness can affect anyone, from an infant to an adult. Risk factors for mental health include social and economic conditions, stress, gender, race, and even biological factors.
Nepal’s mental health policy was developed in 1996, and it includes commitments including ensuring the availability and accessibility of basic mental health facilities for all Nepali people, developing human resources in the field of mental health, upholding basic human rights of the mentally ill, and raising mental health awareness. Mental health programs, on the other hand, are not being developed or increased to meet demand, with mental health funding accounting for less than 1% of total health spending. People are having trouble finding beds at Nepal’s central mental health hospital.
According to various sources, during the lockdown placed to control the Covid-19 cases in the country, there was a 25% increase in suicide cases. Mental disorder was the cause, as we all know.
Our mental health isn’t anything to be scared of or avoid; rather, it’s something to master. People all over the world are actively treating and caring for their mental wellbeing. Therapies, therapy, and self-help will all aid in the recovery of our mental wellbeing.
Keep a close watch on yourself and your family during the lockdown/prohibitory order. If you think something is wrong with you or someone else, don’t be afraid to seek help or offer support to others. They’ll accompany you on your journey to overcome the difficulty you’re facing. Mental health is not something to be laughed at, and it should not be viewed as such.