As said by an American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Health is wealth”. In recent times, mental health has become a dominant issue. Unlike physical health, mental health has caused drastic changes and cannot be seen with your bare eyes. Ignoring this can lead to severe damages that can destroy a person’s life. Hence, spreading awareness and educating the youth or working professionals has become the need of the hour especially with the pandemic that hit us terribly all of a sudden. There are thousands of youth who have become vulnerable with educational institutions being shut. From meeting friends, interacting with other kids to being confined to the walls of their house can have a negative effect on the minds of young individuals. They are either glued to the screens or social media. Working professionals have been tied with either work constraints or coping with the loss of jobs while having to support their families.

Due to the pandemic, many relationships have gone haywire. People are struggling in maintaining healthy relationships due to problems they are facing from within. This makes it mandatory than ever to talk about the topic we all tend to neglect- Mental Health. Mental health is a broad term. There are many mental health issues affecting students and working professionals. Some of them include depression, stress and anxiety, peer or work pressure, addiction, sleep issues, and self-injury, among many more. Recognizing these at an early stage is essential which raises the question, HOW? For instance: if a person is coughing, you will tell him/her to have cough syrup; if a person falls from a height, you’ll recommend him/her to visit a doctor or take an X-Ray. Since these can be seen, helping the concerned becomes easy. But, how do you help a youth who is undergoing a mental problem?

Here are a few points to look out for:

• Withdrawal from family, friends, and activities you enjoy
• Extreme mood swings
• Low energy, sleeping problems, and tiredness
• Changes in eating habits
• Substance abuse
• Trouble in understanding others or situations
• Feeling down
• Lack of concentration and reduced ability to focus
• Inability to cope with problems, excessive anger, and overthinking
• Suicidal thoughts.

If you have any time paid close attention, the points mentioned above are signs people suffering from a mental problem display. These situations call for, being able to talk about it openly without being judged. Also, recommending professional help is a good advice, but not everyone may take this positively. In such an instance, the least you can do is support or encourage by following someone for a therapist appointment. Having a regular schedule in place is another way to help fight mental health issues. This includes sleeping on time, eating a healthy diet, and indulging in physical activities. There are many students and working professionals who’re suffering from multiple mental health issues but are hesitant to talk or get the required help. The reason behind it could be what my fellow mates might think which again leads to fewer people reaching out for help. Talking to youth can help them deal and understand the problems they or their peers/ colleagues are going through.

They will be able to open up to a person they trust about. In turn, help prevent them from taking drastic steps. Ignoring can worsen the condition and sadly also lead to loss of life. Others try to self- medicate either through medication, drugs, or alcohol. These are dangerous as it can turn into an addiction and destroy beautiful relationships and homes. It’s never too late to spread awareness about an issue that is on a spree. It’s time to wake up and have open conversations. Let’s talk about mental health, starting from our homes to educational institutions and workplaces. Life is precious; it is beautiful, and seeing a loved one losing it due to a treatable problem is saddening.