An article on Mental Health Wellness
Mental Health Wellness
In the field of mental health, there is a lack of attention adequately oriented to the solution of their problems, which are associated with a multi-factorial origin where personal and social factors converge unfavorably. Specifically, the individual who is affected by mental health problems such as anxiety, depression or alcoholism, sees his well-being and functionality diminished, which is reflected in his quality of life in general. These affectations can vary from person to person as each individual lives and perceives their experiences and their environment differently, which can change throughout the life cycle.
When we talk about physical health, almost everyone knows what needs to be done to maintain it. However, when we ask how to maintain good mental health, many doubt and don’t know what to say. However, it is possible to regulate our mental and emotional well-being by influencing our thoughts, feelings, desires, and moods. Making decisions of great importance to mental health is possible. Moreover, by maintaining those decisions, we will enjoy a balanced state of mind and achieve our goals. In addition, we will be preventing anxiety, discouragement, guilt, feelings of inferiority, and many other ailments of a psychic nature.
Mental health problems affect millions of people around the world who, without proper and timely treatment, can develop a disorder. It is estimated that one in four people develops some form of mental illness in their lifetime. While it is believed that it is not possible to recover from these diseases, resources are not directed to intervene in them. Being absolutely traversal to all aspects of our lives, and therefore a fundamental pillar in sustainable development, global spending on mental health is less than two dollars per person per day. This situation not only has a direct impact on the three dimensions of the Human Development Index – health, education, and living standards – but also perpetuates the condition of structural inequality in which people with mental disorders live.
Mental health wellness is fundamental to our collective and individual ability to think, express feelings, interact with others, earn a living and enjoy life. On this basis, the promotion, protection, and restoration of mental health can be seen as the vital concerns of individuals, communities, and societies around the world.
Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which the individual is aware of his or her own capabilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. Therefore, mental health is the foundation of individual well-being and the effective functioning of society.
Mental health is determined by multiple social, psychological and biological factors. For example, persistent socio-economic pressures constitute a public risk to the mental health of individuals and communities. The most apparent evidence relates to indicators of poverty, and in particular low educational attainment.
Poor mental health is also associated with rapidly implemented social changes, stressful working conditions, gender discrimination, social exclusion, unhealthy lifestyles, risks of violence and poor physical health, human rights violations and any aspect in which the human being is affected as an individual.
There are also specific personality and psychological factors that make a person more vulnerable to mental disorders. As well, mental disorders have biological causes, dependent, for example, on genetic factors or brain biochemical imbalances.
Mental health needs to be promoted and this may be possible through actions that create environments and living conditions that are conducive to mental health and enable people to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles. These include a range of efforts to increase the likelihood that more people will have a better quality of life and that they will achieve optimal mental health development. An environment of respect for and protection of fundamental civil, political, socio-economic and cultural rights is essential to the promotion of mental health. Without the security and freedom that these rights provide, it is very difficult to maintain a good level of mental health.
Mental health is everyone’s business. Those who can do something to promote mental health and those who have something to gain include individuals, families, communities, organizations, and health professionals. Of particular note are government decision-makers at the local and national levels, whose actions affect mental health in ways they may not be aware of. International agencies can ensure that at all stages of economic development countries are mindful of the importance of mental health for community development. They can also stimulate them by assessing the possibilities and evidence through interventions that enable them to improve the mental health of their population.
Mental health can be improved through the collective action of society. Improving mental health requires policies and programs from the government and business sectors including education, labor, justice, transport, environment, housing, and social welfare, as well as health-related activities related to the prevention and treatment of health problems.
Mental health is a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal pressures of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. Mental health promotion contributes to overall health and should form an essential component of health promotion. The scope of this promotion is identified by analogy with the success of physical health promotion. Mental health is community responsibility, not just an individual interest.
It has been foreseen that there are several reasons that demonstrate the need to pay attention to mental health problems, since these can generate disorders and illnesses making the practice of promoting mental health fundamental for the development of individuals to be understood between healthy and balanced environments.
Fostering trust by accepting ourselves as we are in order to work on our strengths and weaknesses such as maintaining a healthy and balanced diet are key aspects which can help us maintain stable mental health. Trusting relationships nurture communication and interpersonal relationships, generating a good understanding of our environment and achieving a psycho-social balance.