Talking Health Matters: Minding Your Well Being, Minding Your Mental Health

Lack of knowledge about mental disorders in the community leads to perpetuation of stigma and discrimination. By Dr T.W Ngwenya Changamire Mental health is not just the absence of a mental disorder. Mental health as defined by the World Health organisation as a state of wellbeing in which an individual is able to realise their own abilities, it is an ability to cope with the normal stresses of life and it is also an ability to work productively and fruitfully while contributing positively to your community. Mental health is a state of emotional, social and psychological wellbeing. Mental health is crucial in achieving an overall state of health. There is no health without mental health. Mental health conditions are on the rise. This calls for a need to raise awareness of mental health. Unfortunately, because of lack of knowledge about mental disorders and how they present mental disorders are left unrecognised by individuals, friends and family and many people are left untreated. This results in people becoming severely debilitated and unable to perform or cope with their normal daily duties.

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