Tulika Pandey

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The World Health Organisation defines mental health ‘as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.

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- (WHO, 2013)

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS

Mental Health just like physical health is something that each one of us has, and so it as important to be informed about it as you are about your 5 a day. Coming from an Asian background I have found that mental health is not always directly talked about, with minimal effort made to understand it. Sadly admitting we’re not feeling great, don’t enjoy the things we used to or generally can’t cope, can be seen as signs of weakness and dare I say it, imperfection. I believe this unfortunate cover up reflects a deep-seated sense of shame which accompanies the workings of our inner world, which has been passed through the generations. Although this topic carries stigma in most cultures, there is a real tendency to push it under the carpet and avoid discussions on it, especially in the asian community. But the fact is, our mental health is something that needs to be nurtured and managed throughout our lives, right from a young age, no matter who we are and where we come from. That is, if we are all to lead a life of positivity, hope and resilience.

So in this section I will be sharing wisdom and knowledge from experts in this field on how to have good mental health, and also what to do, if you recognise that things aren’t quite right, and finally how to look out for others who may be suffering too.

- The information on this website should not be substituted for professional medical advice. Your first port of call if you have any concerns about your mental health is to visit your own GP. 

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