When it comes to mental health, asking for help can be difficult. Mental health is just as important as physical health. Negative and judgmental attitudes toward mental illness create shame and fear of being identified with the mentally ill.
Some young people aren’t sure how to identify whether their problems are typical or indicate an underlying mental illness. Mental health affects how we handle stress, relate to one another and make decisions. And mental health influences the way individuals look at themselves, their lives and others in their lives.
All aspects of our lives are affected by our mental health, and protecting our children’s mental health is a natural part of our parental obligation. Caring for children—emotionally as well as physically is important to their daily lives and their independence. Like adults, children and adolescents can have mental health disorders that interfere with the way they think, feel and act.
When untreated, mental health disorders can lead to school failure, family conflicts, drug abuse, violence and even suicide. Untreated mental health disorders are often very costly to families, communities and the health care system. Stigma is attached to mental illness in many cultures. Individuals often struggle alone trying to function in socially acceptable ways while secretly fighting inner “demons.” Others more openly exhibit signs and symptoms of mental illness.
Individuals are not always aware of or do not acknowledge mental illness and so do not willingly seek treatment. Individuals create personal barriers to care, believing they can solve the problem without professional help. And barriers exist for those who do seek care. The best way to prevent mental health challenges from getting worse is to recognise symptoms early and get professional help.
Many mental health challenges and disorders can be treated effectively with professional mental health services. When the signs are recognised early, that person can get started on the path to a full recovery. Psychosocial disability is one of a broad range of mental health difficulties. Disability is not an inherent condition, but it is a result of the interaction of two things – the impairment itself, and the barriers that exist around it. What are these barriers?
Every individual faces various barriers in their everyday life, it is rare to find an individual with enough privilege to claim otherwise. Mental health service providers support people with mental disability based on their NDIA goals and personal aspirations. Professionals provide individualised support which best meets their specific needs.
While not everyone who has a mental health issue will experience psychosocial disability, those who do can experience severe effects and social disadvantage. Choose professional assistance and get more out of life through dedicated mental health services.