PRIORITISE MENTAL HEALTH

  • Voice Of The People

Oct 16, 2018-

Mental health is as important as physical health. Sadly, the fallacy of our conservative society barely takes into consideration when it comes to discuss about the issues of mental health, let alone invest in it (‘Out of the shadow’, Editorial, October 12, Page 6). The social stigma and dogma attached to mental health is all-pervasive, leaving the mental patients in the lurch. Ironically, the educated people seem reluctant to openly discuss about mental health. In the worst case scenario, they take it as fun. When the level of frustration, depression and anxiety disorders, in recent times, is at the all-time low, the government should leave no stone unturned when it comes to increasing investment in mental health if the overwhelming campaign ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’ is to materialise. The government must come up with rigid plans to raise mass awareness campaigns regarding the issues of mental health and the social stigma associated with mental illness so as to change the conservative mindset of the so-called educated people. Second, it must be made mandatory for every educational institution and company to hire at least one well- trained and experienced psychiatrist or counsellor to resolve the problem of students and employees.

Sanjog Karki

Palpa

Published: 16-10-2018 09:21

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