THIS is the 1st step you should take if you or your loved one has a mental health problem

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Sahana Tantry, Psychologist and Outreach Associate, Mpower The Center – Bengaluru explained the steps to follow after being diagnosed with a mental health problem.

Mental Health Awareness Week is observed to raise awareness of mental health and related issues and to promote the message of good mental health for all. For the uninitiated, this year’s theme is kindness. According to mentalhealth.org.uk, they chose kindness as the theme because “one thing they have seen all over the world is that kindness prevails in uncertain times”. During the awareness week, several events take place in schools, businesses, community groups. In addition, events are organized to raise funds for the Mental Health Foundation. The first week of mental health awareness started in 2001 and since then awareness of topics like body image, stress and relationships has been strengthened.

As we observe the week, we asked Sahana Tantry, Psychologist and Outreach Associate, Mpower The Center – Bengaluru to give us more information on the steps to follow after being diagnosed with a mental health problem and the theme of the year. Speaking of the steps, she said, “If you identify that either they or others have a mental health problem, the first step to take would be – to be kind to yourself or towards the other person. It is extremely important to show an unconditional positive outlook (showing complete acceptance and support to someone, no matter what he or she says) towards yourself or anyone else with mental illness. ”

“Offering advice, being critical of it, or being contemptuous is NOT something that you have to do for themselves or for others when we are in an overwhelmed state. It is extremely important to talk about the problem because telling someone you trust will help us feel that we are not alone in this area and, moreover, it sometimes helps us to clarify the situation. Once trust is established by being there for the person, they should be pressured to seek the help of a mental health professional to do so. not enter further into a downward spiral. ”

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How to implement the theme of kindness?

For non-inverted people, kindness is the theme of this year and want to know how to implement it, then read on. She said, “Kindness is the beautiful human transaction of care and positive consideration. It brings warmth to the person who shows kindness and receives kindness. You can become a nicer person, first by showing them to themselves – talking to themselves like they would talk to a child – encouraging and appreciating themselves, better understanding their faults / mistakes, focus on what they can get from it rather than being critical and harsh about it. ”

She added, “You can be nice to others by showing their attention – whether by spending time with them, listening to them openly, helping them in every way possible, appreciating the strengths of others, treating them with respect. it’s like feeding a plant. Just like you need to water the plant every day and monitor the soil regularly – work on doing one act every day, regularly monitor your vice towards yourself. And slowly, kindness will bloom like a flower filling everyone with happiness in their presence. ”

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