Mental Health in Home & in University

If you are reading this and are dealing with a mental health issue yourself – you are not alone. Get help, be heard, let yourself be supported ,you're important!



Throughout our journeys in life, we must have definitely encountered a lot of struggles and obstacles that changed our mental view. Then, It ended up  by  getting us mentally ill . Mental Illness can strike almost anyone, anywhere, no matter what the cause is, but it is the need to address mental health problems since childhood by parents and also among university students and to begin to initiate interventions .

Mental health is an important part of our  health and can directly affects our physical well-being. More over, it is important at every stage of our life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Therefore , it’s time for universities to put student’s mental health as a priority , and for parents to recognize how their children are in deep need a help before the condition gets worse.

We first come to this world and become related to our parents , begin to be developed by their manners, and be affected by  situations they encounter .  It is absolutely the responsibility of the  parents to monitor their children’s behavior constantly, so  if they are suffering from a mental problem which will lately affect their lives, the illness will be quickly recognized . Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. Mental health problems includes depression, anxiety and eating problems. These problems are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.  Many of these children and young people ,who experience a mental health problem, have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.

Furthermore , there are specific factors that make some children borne to be more exposed to occur  development of mental illness than others which include : maltreatment, parental divorce ,  the death of someone close  or experiencing discrimination, and perhaps because of their race, sexuality or religion . Therefore,  it’s the parent’s role to keep their children mentally well. This can be done through  increasing  their self-esteem as let them believe that  they are strong enough to face their own problems , making sure  that their children are in good health and eating a balanced diet , reinforcing their sense of belonging to their school , family and  community ,  having an open relationship with them  to know what they are going through and helping  them to solve their problems .

Moreover , there are many other forms of help that are available to help your children to survive what they are facing . Professional help,  if your child is having problems at school, the teacher or  the school counselor may be able to help.   These professionals are capable of solving what your children are confronting .  If he is suffering from depression , anxiety or even autism , he may be referred to a specialist who is trained to help them to explore their feelings and behavior , this  is called a talking therapy, psychological therapy or counselling. Accordingly , it is never too late to prevent or reverse the outcomes , but it is definitely your turn to look carefully for your child and to help him in facing  what he’s feeling and defeat it  because the emotional well being of children is just as important as their physical health. In order to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults.

On the other hand for those university students who will later be those individuals who are facing life challenges and situations , it is absolutely important to be maintained mentally well .  Therefore , mental health among university students represents an important and growing public health concern. As students must feel they are supported through the transitions and milestones of university life in a holistic way. Mental health problems can affect many areas of students’ lives, reducing their quality of life, decreasing academic achievement, turning down their physical health . These issues can also have long-term consequences for students, affecting their future employment, earning potential and health. 

Benjamin Clayton in his article on August 2017 reported that  there is a mental health crisis on college campuses , and of the roughly 410,000 students collecting their A-level results who will then move on to university, at least one in four will report experiencing a mental health problem. On the American College Health Association 2015 survey, college students identified that stress , anxiety , sleep difficulties and depression negatively are impacting their academic performance within the last 12 months. Adding to that there are some signs that intensifies that you’re suffering from mental illness and in need for help which include : pulling away from people and activities , having low or no energy , thinking of harming yourself or others , feeling numb and hopeless  and experiencing severe mood swings which affect your relationship with others .

There are several forms of helps you can get in order to overcome your illness, as telling someone how you feel, whether it’s a friend, counselor or doctor, may bring an immediate sense of relief , also most universities have a free   counselling service you can access with professionally qualified counselors , psychotherapists and mental health advisers. Furthermore, many student unions also offer student-led services , although those  aren’t qualified counselors, you may prefer to talk about  with another student. There are also many means in order to maintain positive mental health like connecting with others , staying positive ,and getting physically active . Because moving to university is hard. The universities need to support students through their transition stage of  with the right mental health services.

To sum it up , it is a crystal clear that mental health issues are nothing to be ashamed of ,they affect almost everybody. It’s about time everyone realizes their problems and stopped skirting round the subject and face it . No matter how bad it gets and how much you think there is no hope to let your depression take over. first address your own problem,  you can always dig yourself out of that hole, you will find a way to manage your depression, and you will get over it. Get a help, be heard, let yourself be supported ,you’re important!. If you are reading this and are dealing with a mental health issue yourself – you are not alone.

References :

 

“Children and Young People.” Mental Health Foundation, 10 Nov. 2017, www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/c/children-and-young-people

“Consequences of Student Mental Health Issues.” Suicide Prevention Resource Center, www.sprc.org/colleges-universities/%20consequences

“Student Mental Health.” NHS Choices, www.nhs.uk/Livewell/studenthealth/Pages/Mentalhealth.aspx

“We Need a Mental Health League Table for Universities.” INDEPENDENT, www.independent.co.uk/voices/a-level-results-mental-health-universities-not-good-enough-anxiety-stress-a7898536.html

“What Is Mental Health?” MentalHealth.gov, www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/what-is-mental-health.