Mental Health, A Dark Cloud Above The Suicide And Drug Abuse Toll

The Youth Decide Zimbabwe (YDZ) organization joins the all the progressive institutions and Nations across the globe in commemorating the Mental Health Day. Mental health, refers to the state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities. It is a position in which one can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. Mental health also is subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, inter-generational dependence, and self-actualization of one’s intellectual and emotional potential, among others. From this definition we pick up, therefore how the youths being the drivers of their communities are limited by any means of not being mentally healthy, in performing in their communities.

It is bound that in every person’s life either young or old, and in this case particularly the youths, stresses will hit. Stresses that are school or work-related grown and quite often from social lives. It is in overcoming these stresses that one can only attain a mental health. We all out there have been born with different purposes and it is crucial that, we try and discover what we are born for and how we can impact our communities in our lives. A famous writer, writes and says, “In life, the greatest tragedy is not death but it is living without a purpose. It is worse than death. It is more tragic to be alive and not know why than to be dead and not know life.”

Some early signs related health problems are sleep irritation, lack of energy and suicidal thinking. Mental health illness is one of those problems, which if not cared and worked on can lead to death that will fuel depression in the victims’ families. It is with both joy and heaviness of heart that the Youth Decide Zimbabwe commemorates the Mental Health Day. It really hurts the wound within our hearts as we think of how many precious youthful lives we lost, and how they can in no way be replaced. The graveyard is known to be the richest place on earth, not because people go hide money there or any other reason, but because it is where ideas and unfulfilled purposes lie.

As we commemorate the mental health day today, the Youth Decide Zimbabwe, would like to pass this message to the youths. If ever you are caught in a situation of mental illness, it is advisable to get a coach who will nurse you through. It is also crucial that each and every youth out there be his brother’s keeper. Some mental health problems are due to poor social lives and can only be cured by creating spaces in which people understand that they are not alone. Above all, it is out of personal appreciation that the world can overcome mental health problems, by having confidence in yourself that no one or nothing can overcome you. Yet so true, it is very sad to say in no way can taking your own life heal you from mental health illness. Every person and every youth is special and is worth more alive than dead.

Today as we commemorate the World Mental Health Day take it on out to check on five people, you last heard from, quite a time ago. Happy Mental Health Day!

Source: Youth Decide Zimbabwe

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