One must think to find ways to tackle the mental health problems rather than taking wrong decisions out of fear, says Psychiatrist Dr N S Mony from Coimbatore to mark World Mental Health Day on Sunday.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) observes World Mental Health Day on October 10 every year. “Improving the Quality of Mental Health Services throughout the World” was the theme for the very first time when the day was observed by the WHO in 1994.
The theme for the World Mental Health Day 2021 is ‘mental health in an unequal world.’ The WHO opines that there is inequality in education, economy, employment, and human rights.
During the WHO conference held last May, the guidelines and suggestions to improve mental health worldwide were debated.
In that regard, the Indian psychologists feel that the mental health of the Indians has to be improved. They create awareness with the theme, ‘Take care of yourselves and your near ones’.
Physical discomforts will easily be exhibited outside whereas mental discomforts might take some time to come out. Getting a deeper understanding of that is not that easy.
The impact o COVID 19 has created great losses to human life across borders. This is one of the unforgettable incidents of this century.
While there is a bulk of casualties caused by the pandemic on one side, on the other, there is a pile of mental health issues faced by people across ages.
WHO states that the frontline workers and common people who are affected by the disease both directly and indirectly are affected by an array of mental health problems.
The fact that people not only had no contact with each other, no social contact but also saw and heard casualties every day and that struck their subconscious mind and created a deep impact.
The small incision in the inner/subconscious mind affects not only the body but also the mind.
All psychiatrists and psychologists around the world are now seeing a high number of people suffering from mental illness.
The Kongu region, which plays an important role in the economy of Tamil Nadu, including Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Erode and the Nilgiris, is a pioneer of the industry, medicine and education.
The status of the Kongu soil is deteriorating due to the impact of the corona. From small entrepreneurs to big business owners, people of all sorts are severely affected by the economic distress created by the pandemic.
Countless workers have lost their jobs due to the collapse of the industry. Economic crises can lead to health problems, followed by mental illness.
Anxiety, fear, hyperactivity, depression, guilt, negative thoughts, recurrence, etc., of how to recover from this crisis can generate that might lead to suicidal ideation in some jobs. Psychiatrists, psychiatric counsellors, social workers, social activists, and field workers see such incidents often.
People also come to know such things through the media. This vulnerability occurs in children as well as the elderly.
In any crisis situation, it is necessary to think and act with a neutral and steady mindset. Crises come and go.
Instead of developing an idea of how to deal with it, it will not be the right solution to indulge in thoughts such as making wrong decisions with fear.
Those with mental health problems should not hesitate to seek appropriate medical advice from a nearby qualified government-approved psychiatric counsellor.
Psychiatrists are currently employed in first-tier cities and secondary cities and government hospitals in rural areas. The youngsters in rural areas have to come forward in helping the innocent and the needy people in their locality in finding the right person to seek psychiatric counselling.
Since the internet is made available even in remote areas, this can be resolved easily. Vaccination is the only way to get rid of this horrific pandemic that is the root cause of various mental and physical health issues.
Let us pledge on this mental health day that we act with prudence in tackling all the mental health issues. We have to make sure that we wear masks and get vaccinated.
Dr NS Mony,
Balaji Center for Brain, Neurology and Psychiatry
1322/1, Thadagam Road, RS Puram, Coimbatore-641 002.