Mental health is important at every stage of life, right from childhood through old age.
It includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
World Health Organization (WHO) states mental health as mental well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. In this positive sense, mental health is the foundation for individual well-being and the effective functioning of a community.
Bad mental health can impact on every part of your life and can impact anyone; may be in your family, live next door, teach your children, work in the next cubicle or sit in the same church pew.
Here is why it is important to have a good mental health:
- Mental health is just as important as physical health and research has proved that depression or bad mental health leads to heart and vascular diseases.
- Mental disorders also affect one’s health behavior like eating sensibly, regular exercise, adequate sleep, engaging in safe sexual practices, alcohol and tobacco use, adhering to medical therapies thus increasing the risk of physical illness.
- Mental illness also leads to like unemployment, broken families, poverty, drug abuse and related crime.Also Read | Shameful! Sikh man’s turban pulled at BJP’s Kolkata march by Bengal Police
- It is very important to have good immunity. Poor mental health plays a significant role in diminishing immune functioning.
- Chronic illnesses like diabetes, cancer, heart disease increase the risk of depression and medically ill patients with depression have worse outcome than those without.-PTC News