Long before, mental health has been a taboo topic, unworthy of the acknowledgment and discussion of the public. However, the impact of mental illness on the overall health of a person has captured the attention of medical practitioners.
Mental Health is an essential component of public health, we need to have the capacity to cope with the normal stresses of life and can determine his or her self-worth. Unmanaged mental health issues can be associated with social inequalities, unhealthy lifestyle and social inequalities.
It has been a new concern in the public health which involves affective and emotional states, and psychological states. Having a positive mental well-being results positive social and health benefits.
Mental disorders and illness is a common cause of disability that poses an impact on the health and economy. Since the mental health crisis affects the development and management of chronic illness and the development of unhealthy relationships between mental and physical health and social inequalities.
It can influence the onset of the illness, its progression, and behaviors that pose risk to health such as tobacco use, substance abuse, and physical inactivity. It has been discovered that depression is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and hypertension.
The majority of the people who are diagnosed with mental disorders do not receive the treatment they need even though it is available and effective, this is due to the stigma regarding mental illness. It is a challenge for the public health to determine the risk factors, provide an increase public education and awareness about mental health disorders, eliminate the stigma associated with accepting treatment and improve the services for a mental health crisis.
Depression is estimated to be the second most common cause of disability, it can affect the productivity, power, will, and motivation of the person which can result to unemployment, absenteeism, and lower income. It is associated highly with anxiety and other mental health issues.
Due to unmanaged mental health issues, there is an increased rate of suicide. Suicide has become the second most common cause of teenagers and young adults at the age of 15 to 29. The stigma of suicide, depression and other mental health issues does not have any difference, thus, those who are a committed for public health are faced with the challenge on how to determine those who are suffering and needs immediate attention. Thus, the World Health Organization has made an extra effort to monitor the public health organizations with their data collection and tracking and provided prevention tips to improve suicide education and prevention.
The World Health Organization aims to eliminate the stigma from depression and other mental disorders, they encourage people who are struggling to seek and ask for help.
As there are several barriers that can ignore the importance of mental health, support the efforts of public health organizations to enhance the access of people to the information, care, and treatment for mental health. Let us open our hearts to those who have concerns about mental health, encourage them, educate them, and eliminate the stigma.