Understanding the Impact
The Teachers and students should be provided. The various ways to recognize signs of developing mental health problems. There should be opportunities around the awareness and management of mental health crises, including the risk of suicide or self-harm.
Further, instruction should address the relationship between mental health, substance abuse, and other negative coping behaviors.As well as the negative impact of stigma and cultural attitudes toward mental illness.Because teens spend most of their day at school, it just makes sense to have mental health awareness and education become part of the curriculum. When we empower students with knowledge, and encourage dialogue, students will be able to get the help they need.
Depression is a mood disorder that involves persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities. People experiencing depressive episodes may also experience mood swings, sleep disturbances, appetite changes, and headaches and body pains that have no apparent physical cause.
The Mental illness, particularly depression, is predicted to become one of the major health burdens in the future. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Over 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression.
As childhood and adolescent mental health disorders are so common, it’s baffling that we are not equipping our children with an understanding of mental health.
1. What are the most common stressors among college students?
The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that one in five people live with some sort of mental disorder or disease. Despite the fact that the average age of early signs of mental illness is 14. Most individuals don’t seek help until adulthood. Underlining the seriousness is the fact that 60 percent of high school students with mental illness don’t graduate.
2. Do you believe colleges in India are well equipped to handle the mental health of its students?
Most colleges in India do not have the concept of providing pastoral care ie emotional support or guidance to students. Counseling is largely limited to solving academic problems.First, the social pressure to secure a place in the so called ” best colleges” ; with limited seats this creates a problem; once admitted, (they) have to keep up with social life. Which may stretch the budget and financials of the student. Dressing and socialising become very important to making friends. Students become so busy with this that grades go down…This has its own downside and creates a lot of anxiety. Balancing all parts of life with minimal supervision or support from within the college creates stress.
3. Why is the mental health of Indian college students particularly in a bad shape?
More communication with some wise adults who can help students to achieve a balance; and less reactive measures; some forums like Art of Living, or any platforms to discuss issues or concerns in a non-threatening, non-judgmental atmosphere with peers and trusted adults.Sudden liberty from constraints, open friendships and falsehoods created by social media create unrealistic expectations affecting mental health. Alcoholism, cyberbullying and trolling are increasingly impacting student’s mental condition…