Mental Health Triggers

Mental health challenges aren’t your identity. They’re experiences you navigate. Just as feeling rain doesn’t make you the rain, these feelings don’t define you.

The World Health Organization emphasizes that mental health encapsulates our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It reflects the balance in our lives. Mental health is paramount at every life stage, from the tender years of childhood and adolescence to the complexities of adulthood. Its influence permeates all facets of life. Consider a child raised amid abuse. Such an individual grapples with myriad mental tribulations throughout their life. Incidences of child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, and more can severely traumatize a child, manifesting as anxiety, distress, and unease. Such experiences, sadly, can morph an innocent childhood into a tumultuous one. In some cases, these traumatic upbringings can even propel individuals toward criminal behavior.

Globally, over 30% of children face challenges such as domestic violence or the heartbreak of separation from family. These situations can severely impede their emotional well-being and overall mental health. Alarmingly, 1 in 5 children worldwide is diagnosed with severe mental health conditions, including Major Depression, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, and the like. Often, the underlying culprits are their environments and upbringing.

Our collective duty today is to spearhead societal shifts toward nurturing healthier communities. For it is robust communities that form the backbone of great nations. The foundation of every child should be love, trust, care, and a sense of belonging. A sound mind has the potential to be a healer, innovator, storyteller, and beacon of change in society.

Arveena Sharma

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