16/Jun/2022

According to WHO, Mental health is a state of well-being in which a person recognizes his or her abilities, can manage the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and can contribute to his or her community. Many factors blend jointly to influence the health of individuals and communities. Whether people are physically sound or not, is determined by their circumstances and environment.

On this basis, WHO has developed Determinants of Health, consisting of;

  • the social and economic environment,
  • the physical environment, and
  • the person’s characteristics and behaviours.

Thus, just because a person is physically healthy doesn’t conclude that the person is mentally healthy.

In our present society, “how we’re failing to address mental health needs and the consequences of that failure is much devastating and dreadful”. The gap in mental health care coverage for common situations is curable with an early approach but still, the services often provided are of poor quality or else it is not feasibly provided without human rights violation. Thus, the effective way to solve these problems was raised out through the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) set of arguments. Now, let us discuss those important arguments and the facts put forward by UHC.

ARGUMENT 1: There is no health without mental health

Nowadays, some of them are aware of mental health, but it is not much translated into action and investment. Even though there is a wide range of intervention methods, the quality, and the approach applied, the gap is even unfilled. And also, seeking treatment is and always remains a choice, and too because of the barriers known as “availability & affordability”.

Vulnerable populations are particularly prone to mental health conditions. And this vulnerability is based on, as mentioned above, the determinants of health.

According to UHC, the close connection between mental health and people’s socioeconomic background means the gap in mental health care providers may be a hindrance to reaching the global development endeavours enclosed in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

There is weighty proof to suggest that when mental health services are combined with physical health services, the treatment approach contributes to better and overall positive health outcomes. Integrating mental health care into UHC can also withstand the prevention and treatment of Non-communicable diseases (NCD), providing better health systems.

While the summation of mental health with UHC is important for the whole healthcare system, it is extremely crucial at primary and community health levels which will be the corner stone of UHC.

ARGUMENT 2: Mental health spending is an investment, not a cost

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) stated that, Mental Health support should not be a Luxury. It is a human right for everyone and everywhere. Frankly speaking, spending on health should be seen exactly as an investment, a possibility to increase national well-being and prosperity; and not as a cost. And this is incomplete if we not include mental health in this, also integrating mental health in UHC will be a fundamental to sustainable development as well as a component of the Human Capital Index.

Mental health interventions can be delivered in a highly cost-effective way, another firm assertion for integrating mental health in UHC at scale.

Moreover, incorporating and mainstreaming mental health in UHC can also support the integration of mental health into the more expansive national development agenda, forming possibilities for inter-sectoral alliance like education sector, social services, violence prevention.

UHC argues that the resources disbursed on mental health should not be considered as a cost, whereas they are truly ‘human capital’ assets that can yield a direct retrieval for the economy and for human development.

ARGUMENT 3 Mental health, UHC and human rights

Access to quality and feasible healthcare including mental health care is a right, not a request. Mental health must be integrated in UHC, if UHC is to attain its goal of delivering everyone the right to health.

The integration of mental health in UHC, if enforced according to a rights-based approach, would be a key stepping-stone towards recognizing the rights of people living with mental health situations, in accord with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), including the right to health, the right to freedom from torture, the right to liberty and security of the person, and others basic rights.

 

We can’t let an article to stop only with facts, thus let e conclude the above one with a simple but strong suggestion, if you ever think it is time to invest in Mental Health, its now, no “tomorrows”. We all are part of this community/society and it’s our responsibility to promote mental health and stop judgemental if anyone opens up with their mental health issues. Because, as I said earlier, eventually there is no health without mental health”. !

 

 

REFERENCES

https://www.who.int/news-room/questions-and-answers/item/determinants-of-health

https://unitedgmh.org/sites/default/files/2020-12/Universal%20Health%20Coverage%20-%20No%20Health%20Without%20Mental%20Health.pdf

https://www.unhcr.org/

 

 


13/Jun/2022

“I personally didn’t saw any child labour by myself, but I used to hear about many working children…”, At least once in our lifetime, we had heard this sentence, with different rhythm or with different synonyms.

Well, it’s not something that is new to us. We used to see children standing in front of the hotels/restaurants with the placard “Hotel”, we used to see children who sell pens in trains and buses, we used to see children sitting near lottery stalls etc. I have used the word “we used to…” it is because we do see things and pretends to be unnoticed.

I personally heard an incident stating, when one of my friend saw a child selling pens, she felt sympathized and bought 1 pen and gave 5 pen’s money. When focussing a good heart or a plot for a feel good movie with a heroine is doing this and the chances of hero seeing this is really high and appreciable. But, in reality, it’s the worst form of promoting child labour as well as begging.

While, India is considered to be a developing nation with more abstract laws and policies, still 1 out of 10 child labours across the world is from India.

We will have numerous questions based on Child Labour such as what child labour entails?, Which age is considered as child labour?, How child labour affects Society and Economy?, Is Child Labour is illegal and still happening in India and so on.. There are endless questions which start with 4Ws and H, where we need answers. But this time we can connect our answers to the questions.

Children around the world are routinely employed in paid and unpaid types of work that are not dangerous to them. And also they are classified as child labourers when they are either so young to take up a job, or are entangled in hazardous activities that may affect their physical, mental, social or may be educational development. As per Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 1986, discussing on the age factors, no children can be employed in any kinds of works below the age of 14 and no children within the age group of 14-18, can be employed in hazardous occupations.

And too, there is relation between Right to Education (Free and Compulsory) Act, 2009 and Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 1986, where children should be provided with free and compulsory education within the age group of 6-14.

12 June marks the World Day against Child Labour under the theme “Universal Social Protection to End Child Labour.” Across India child labourers can be seen in a variety of enterprises like Bidis (hand-rolled cigarettes), Brassware, Cotton, Fireworks, Footwear, Gems, Glass Bangles, Incense (agarbatti), Leather Goods/ Accessories, Locks, Matches, Mica, Silk Fabric, Silk Thread, Soccer Balls, Sugarcane, Thread/Yarn Bricks, Carpets, Cottonseed (hybrid), Embellished Textiles, Garments, Rice, Sandstone, Stones.

The emerging field where children are exposed to labours are Mica field. Many cosmetics like lipsticks, foundation powder is made using Mica for the glittering effect, and many famous products are using children for collecting mica.

Mining mica is a labour intensive method that needs going into slim shafts that often collapse and entrap children beneath the rocks. To find mica, minors are forced to go belowground, where they often encounter themselves in total darkness.

Despite of effective child protection system in India, there are so many reasons why child labour is increasing, mainly:

  1. Poverty and lack of means of livelihood
  2. Lack of education and awareness
  3. Difference in socio-economic status
  4. Unemployment
  5. Migration and Emergencies/Disaster and
  6. Discrimination

Child counsellingARE THE THINGS YOU ARE CHOSING IS CHILD LABOUR FREE??

Which brands use child labour? A million dollar question that could blow your mind. We all love to use branded items, particularly for any functions or occasions, because we believe that, it will showcase our pride. But, have you ever taken a moment to scrutinize your products on each and every aspects of cruelty? Well, the answer is obvious; there would be at least one brand in your own wardrobe that involves with Child Labour.

Popular brands like Amazon, ALDI Nord Group, ALDI SOUTH Group, Arena S.P.A, Colosseum, IKEA, Mekong Timber Plantations, Morrisons, REWE Group, VF Corporation and Varner has committed and pledged to take Joint Action for the elimination of Child Labour.

Children are the roots of the past and blooms for the future. If they are not attended with utmost care, it will negatively affect the nation’s capital and the future. In a short term, everyone believes that, child labour would bring income to the household and helps for survival. But, in a long term it will fastens poverty and affects nation’s Economy.

Child Labour is not so called “someone” else’s responsibility; it is each and “everyone’s” liability. Take a step, nurture your future.


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28/Mar/2022

 

Who is  The Real Lady- Senora

 Senora- The Real Lady is a comprehensive approach by Athma- My Mind My Care to reach out the women for enabling them chant wellness mantras to acquire a healthy physique and sound mind.

What we envision

 Evolve a group of SMART (S- Successful, M- Motivated, A- Ambitious, R- Rational , T-Trained ) women

Objective

To ensure wellness of women through physical and mental fitness

How we do it

We provide mentoring on;

  • Physical Fitness- Diet chart, Assistance of medical practitioners and nutritionist, Assistance on SRHR
  • Emotional Support- Individual counseling, Crisis Management
  • Mind Power- Assistance to mind mastery
  • Yoga- Yoga & meditation classes
  • Career- Mentoring on career building and its growth
  • IGP- Financial Management & Independence
  • Family- Group sessions with family, basics of parenting
  • Social Life- Team building, Interpersonal skill development
  • Follow up services

We take you for short trips to have a break from your daily routine.

 Expected Outcomes

 Feel refreshed with positive energy

  • Healthy physique and sound mind
  • Stay away from hormonal issues like PCODs and PCOs
  • Knowledge on your body and metabolism
  • Weight Loss or Weight gain
  • Toned Body
  • Obtain healthy skin
  • Resolve issues like hair fall, dry skin and other external issues
  • Reduced health risks
  • Prevention of diseases
  • Ability to follow healthy diet
  • Regular practice of yoga, meditation and exercise
  • Motivation to set goals and pursue it
  • Career growth
  • Skills in financial management
  • Expertise to control your mind and thoughts
  • Chances of meeting and interacting with renowned women personalities
  • Free participation in webinars

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20/Oct/2021

The “mood swing” phenomenon is a common concept used to describe rapidly and intensely fluctuating emotions. People often describe mood swings as a “roller coaster” of feelings from happiness and contentment to anger, irritability, and even depression. A person may recognize something that has triggered a shift in their mood, such as a stressful event at work. But it’s also not uncommon for mood swings to occur without an obvious cause. People may even experience changes in mood if they have an underlying mental health issue.

CAUSE

Everyone experiences mood swings from time to time, but if you seem to get them frequently or they are so intense that they disrupt your daily life, including work and relationships, it may be a sign of an underlying condition that needs treatment. Internal changes that take place throughout our lives influence our mood, but it’s not just what’s happening inside that determines how we feel; we also respond to what’s happening around us. External changes to our lives and in our environments, such as increased stress at home, school, or work, also can influence our emotions.

ILLNESS AND INJURY

Even though the term “mood swings” implies an emotional root, the shifts also can be associated with chronic diseases or acute injuries that affect the brain, such as dementia, concussion, or a stroke.

  • Diabetes
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Sleep disorders
  • Thyroid disorders

TREATMENT

It is possible to stabilize your mood and improve your health to avoid future changes in mood and emotions. The following treatments for mood changes focus on lifestyle or alternative treatments that you can try at home. Other treatments, including prescription drugs, are sometimes used. 1) Exercise regularly 2) Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and sugar 3) Try calcium supplements 4) Change your diet 5) Practice stress management 6) Sleep better


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20/Oct/2021

Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease your ability to function at work and at home.

Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:

  • Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  • Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Loss of energy or increased fatigue
  • Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., inability to sit still, pacing, handwringing) or slowed movements or speech (these actions must be severe enough to be observable by others)
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Symptoms must last at least two weeks and must represent a change in your previous level of functioning for a diagnosis of depression.

Also, medical conditions (e.g., thyroid problems, a brain tumor or vitamin deficiency) can mimic symptoms of depression so it is important to rule out general medical causes.

Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adults (6.7%) in any given year. And one in six people (16.6%) will experience depression at some time in their life. Depression can occur at any time, but on average, first appears during the late teens to mid-20s. Women are more likely than men to experience depression. Some studies show that one-third of women will experience a major depressive episode in their lifetime. There is a high degree of heritability (approximately 40%) when first-degree relatives (parents/children/siblings) have depression.

Depression is among the most treatable of mental disorders. Between 80% and 90% percent of people with depression eventually respond well to treatment. Almost all patients gain some relief from their symptoms.

Before a diagnosis or treatment, a health professional should conduct a thorough diagnostic evaluation, including an interview and a physical examination. In some cases, a blood test might be done to make sure the depression is not due to a medical condition like a thyroid problem or a vitamin deficiency (reversing the medical cause would alleviate the depression-like symptoms). The evaluation will identify specific symptoms and explore medical and family histories as well as cultural and environmental factors with the goal of arriving at a diagnosis and planning a course of action.


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17/Apr/2021

Dear Friends,

We are happy to announce the upcoming Webinar organized on the topic Child Management & Child Issues’ in association with Athma- My Mind My Care. I, Lakshmi Girish will be moderating the session and Dr.Jitty George, Psychiatrist and Ms.Sijiya Binu, Ph.D, Human Excellence Coach will serve as the panel members. The programme will be in Google Meet platform on 25th April 2021, Sunday from 3pm to 5pm IST. The participation is restricted to registered members and it will be in the first come first serve basis. Seats are limited and kindly book yours in advance.
Registration Fees: Rs. 300

Payment details:
• Bank Name:Punjab National Bank
Account holder name: Haren M S
Account Number : 4289000100108298
IFSC CODE : PUNB0428900
Karuppadanna Branch
Google pay:9809894269

After the payment of registration fees take the screenshot of the payment and upload that in the Google form given below with necessary details.

https://forms.gle/WQGLSzkJnxwTdhhAA

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28/Mar/2021

The Four Parenting Styles

Many experts recognize four parenting styles:
  • Authoritative parents have high expectations and goals for their kids. These are tempered with an understanding of their kids’ limits. These parents are willing to communicate flexibly. This can make parent-child communication easier.
  • Neglectful parenting can mean a lack of time spent with the child. Neglectful parents may be unfamiliar with their kids’ teachers and friends. They may not care for their kids’ basic needs.
  • Permissive parents are nurturing, loving, and supportive. But they can take this too far. Permissive parents may avoid conflict at any cost. They rarely enforce their own rules. Doing this can be harmful for children, as they thrive on routine.
  • Authoritarian is not the same as authoritative parenting. Authoritarian parents are strict and demanding with their children. Their parenting style is not often flexible. They generally rely on punishment to maintain obedience. There is rarely room for open communication between parents and kids.

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27/Mar/2021

Mental Health Statistics of Children

Almost 4 million children may experience mental health issues. These can cause difficulties at home, school, or with friends. One study estimates the rates for some conditions in children and teens:
  • ADHD: 6.8%
  • Behavioral conditions: 3.5%
  • Anxiety: 3%
  • Depression: 2%
  • Autism: 1.1%

Signs of Mental Health Issues or Psychological Distress  among Children

  • Unprovoked aggression
  • Leakage of urine
  • Difficulty adjusting to social situations
  • Recurrent nightmares, night terrors, and/or sleep difficulties like insomnia
  • Low grades or a sudden academic decline
  • Constant worry and anxiety
  • Social withdrawal from activities your child once liked or loved to do
  • A noticeable and/or sudden loss of appetite and/or extreme weight loss
  • Repetitively performing rituals and routines like hand-washing
  • Suicidal ideations (thoughts) or attempts
  • Your child responds to voices he/she hears in his/her head
  • Spending most of his/her time alone or engaging in voluntary social isolation
  • Alcohol and/or drug use, abuse, or addiction
  • Increased physical complaints, despite a healthy report from a medical professional
  • Engaging in self-harm practices, such as cutting oneself



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