Today is WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY …i.e 10 October . It is celebrated every year.

World Mental Health Day is an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. Every year, the day is marked with a particular theme, this year, the theme is ‘Mental Health In An Unequal World’ that focus on reducing the gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ that is growing wider by every passing day and there is continuing unmet need in the care of people with a mental health problem.

 

“Majority of the people living with mental health problems in the low-and middle-income countries do not get adequate treatment. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has increased our challenges multifold which need to be addressed on a priority,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director WHO South-East Asia Region.

Every year one adult in four, along with one child in ten, will have a mental health issue. These conditions can profoundly affect literally millions of lives, affecting the capability of these individuals to make it through the day, to sustain relationships, and to maintain work.

We have been through tough times in the last 2 years due to COVID. we have seen much mental depression, shocks, disappointments, departures from our loved ones. A huge change in lifestyle of children who use to make excuses for not going to school now are VERY EAGER WAITING to take their bags and bottles.

WHO AND MENTAL HEALTH

1948 WHO definition of health
“A state of complete physical, mental and social
well-being and not merely the absence of
disease or infirmity”
– WHO Constitution

The definition itself highlights the importance of mind and how much it is important to take its care to be healthy. In truth, physical, mental and social well-being must be the goal towards which we all work. With the changing world scenario of demands and fast pace of life, we are daily facing new challenges of WESTERN CULTURE, like virtual world of social media, the world of LIKES, FOLLOWERS.

Today, nearly 1 billion people live with a mental disorder and in low-income countries, more than 75% of people with the disorder do not receive treatment. Every year, close to 3 million people die due to substance abuse every 40 seconds, a person dies by suicide. About 50% of mental health disorders start by the age of 14.

MENTAL HEALTH AND VIPASSANA:

Mental health not only affects the mind but also your body. TO LIVE HEALTHY AND HAPPY LIFE, we have to give ourselves complete mental and physical health with a unique and old technique VIPASSANA .

https://www.vridhamma.org/research/Vipassana-Meditation-A-Positive-Mental-Health-Measure

 

For children also Vipassana Acharya , S. N. Goenka, has given meditation technique of ANAPANA.

This technique helps the children

  • Concentration of mind increases.
  • Awareness and alertness of mind improves.
  • Mastery over the mind improves.
  • Memory becomes sharper.
  • Decision-making power improves.
  • Self-confidence increases.
  • Agitation, fear tension, nervousness and stress decrease.
  • Capacity to work and study increases.
  • Ability to understand and express increases.
  • Mind becomes healthy, wholesome and strong.
  • One becomes full of good wishes for others.

https://www.vridhamma.org/What-is-Anapana.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR MIND AS YOU DO OF OUR BODY.

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