In the shocking wake of TV actress Pratyusha Banerjee’s suicide on 1st April, the cause of killing one self has come back into limelight that the world indeed hasn’t woken upto “Mental Health” issues. The body when hurt or sick is immediately treated but mental health issues like Depression, Anxiety Or Bipolar disorders is normally not recognized as a ‘serious problem’ and even when done it is considered a ‘taboo’ to visit the psychiatrist. While the Pratyusha Banerjee suicide case is still under investigation it can be safely said that Depression took her life. It is a common misconception that when we talk of health, it includes only physical health. Today on World Health Day we take a look at 8 steps in which you can help people suffering from any mental health issue.Also Read - Yoga For Sportspersons: Asanas to Help You Avoid Calf Muscle Injuries | World Health Day 2021
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1) Communicate Also Read - These Are The World's Healthiest Countries in 2021. Check Full List
Communication and solve many problems. Talk it out with the concerned person and persuade them relentlessly to open up to you and have a conversation about their problems and insecurities. This cannot compensate for counselling or psychiatric help but aids a lot to help make someone feel better.
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2) Speak to a Counsellor
In order to help the person who is suffering from a mental health problem speak to a professional counsellor or psychiatrist to give you more information on the concerned issue. You can even refer to some authentic mental health awareness websites or blog posts to gauge more information. Dispel the notion that talking to a counsellor or seeking help means you’re mad. It is a social taboo and just like if you get fever you eat medicines, when you’re suffering from a mental disorder, you need
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3) Be a part of their life and support them through the phase
Once you come to know of someone’s mental health issue, become a part of their everyday life. Indulge them in day to day activities, motivate them, take them for regular counselling or psychiatric sessions and let them know that ‘you are there for them always’. This will make the ‘patient’ feel better and more willing to undergo psychiatric treatment.
4) Lead by example
Encourage your friend or family member to lead a more positive and stronger lifestyle by being an example yourself. Maintain an optimistic lifestyle, eat healthy, indulge in work you love, avoid anything that troubles you and spend more time with yourself. Help them by slowly brining back their old interests and hobbies. You need to be patient and give them time to deal with it.
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5) Small chores
Help them with mild chores like doing the laundry or taking the pet out for a walk. Remember, the ‘depressed person’ is not in the right frame of mind to do any work so you can volunteer to share the workload for them. Remember to not get burnout yourself. While being their pillow is alright, make sure it does not start taking a toll on you and push you into a bleak mood too.
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6) Involve in daily activities
Involve them back into mainstream lifestyle by including them in day to day interesting activities like watching movies, dance or going for walks together. Exercising is important as it channelizes one’s energy into something productive making the “depressed person” feel a lot better about himself or herself. They might keep refusing but you need to gently but definitely make them lead a normal life. See to it that you don’t lose your temper and make them more depressed.
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7) Choice of Words
The kind of words and language you use to address to a mental health patient makes the difference never say things like “Look at the brighter side of life” or “It is all in your head, just get out of it”. Remember it is a serious medical condition. Be nice and encouraging always. Encourage them that they have it in them to become much better and that there is nothing abnormal about what they are going through.
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Remember one has to be extremely patient, kind and vigilant as mental health patient are like small children who need to be taken care of and loved constantly. One has to be patient as they can get cranky and inconsiderate. Be vigilant especially when they talk of committing suicide and harming self. Do not let them go this far and if at all something goes wrong rescue them immediately before things go wrong.
Article by Anwaya Mane