As our mental health awareness month is set to bid us goodbye, it is our duty to reach out to as many people as possible to spread the much-needed awareness. The statistics provided by the World Health Organisation reflects on it’s all-pervasiveness with one in four people being affected by the mental disorders. Mental disorder can take any form such as autism, dementia, schizophrenia, suicidal thoughts etc. The situation is so alarming that suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds. Thus it becomes very imperative to aware general public about mental health and causes of it’s deviation.

Mental health is just as important component of our health as being free from diseases. It does not reflects on the Intelligence Quotient of a person but more importantly implies the ability of a person to cope up with the normal stresses of life without giving up on his/her productivity.

Various psychological, biological and social factors reflect on the mental health of a person. For example, a person living under constant risk of getting abused or hurt or a person with a disturbing past has much higher chances of being affected by any mental disorder than the one living peacefully.

Thus, we as members of society, must work towards building an environment that respects all our socio-economic, political, and personal freedom so that more people can be saved from getting pressurized and giving up on their mental peace. We should also try to remove the stigma attached to the issue.

The older adults aged 50 or above can contribute a great deal by volunteering to listen to people’s problems and sharing their own experiences. The government policies and programmes must not only address general health issues but must specifically work towards promoting mental health. After all, it has been rightly said that health is wealth.

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