Discussions about mental health have been a huge taboo in recent times. Being a student can be very taxing, but trying to manage academics, other responsibilities while facing mental illness can make it even harder. According to recent research, one in five youth face mental health conditions with more than 70 percent of people’s mental illness is developed prior to the age of 25.
Mental health problems can affect a student’s life in many areas. It can lower their quality of life, academic achievements, physical wellbeing and so much more. Such things have a negative impact on their families and friends. Not seeking help and discussing these issues at the right time with someone knowledgeable can have many long term consequences that will disrupt factors such as overall well being, earning capabilities and even future jobs.
It is very important for students to discuss and talk about their mental health and anything that bothers them. There is no harm in seeking professional guidance if things are not going well. A recent study on students also identified mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, and sleep difficulties, drug abuse, alcoholism and peer pressure that are affecting their academic performances.
Identifying the problem is the first step towards solving it. If you feel that you or anyone you know is experiencing one or more of the following, then that can be an early sign of an unhealthy mental well being.
- Inability to perform daily tasks.
- Sleeping or eating too much or too little.
- Running away from crowds and activities.
- Being low on energy.
- Sense of helplessness.
- Feeling unusually angry, upset, confused, forgetful, worried or scared.
- Having unnecessary or meaningless fights with family or friends.
- Experiencing mood swings.
- Thought of harming yourself or others.
- Having thoughts that you can’t get out of your head.
Once you feel that you have identified the issue then the next step is to reach out for assistance and guidance that will help overcome the situation. Ignoring these situations can turn to be a long term hazard to not only one’s life but also for peers, faculty, family, community and the larger society.
Some of the consequences of not discussing mental health issues could personally affect loved ones due to their concern for the student. Not just loved ones but also campuses are affected if a student is unable to finish their education, they would not be able to contribute their skills in the market.
Students with positive mental health allow them to:
- Understand their full potential and work towards achieving what they want.
- Cope with the day to day stresses of life.
- Work productively and efficiently.
- Stay rooted with family and friends.
- Make meaningful contributions to society and their communities.
There is no problem in this world to which a solution isn’t available. All you need to do is identify it and come out in the open and seek guidance. In today’s time, mental health issues are very common with help being available.
To all, you students out there facing a mental health issue, stop hesitating and start speaking. You can also get professional help if you need it. Stay positive, get enough sleep and get physically active to maintain positive mental health.