Mental health is such a broad discipline; hence it is hard to put together a definition for it, however one could interpret as "the absence of mental illness" according to the American psychiatric association. Mental illness, the word itself is frightening and unwelcome in the Indian community in general. Hence the 'Denial' of such illness regardless of its type or condition persists in the different stratum of our society. The nature of the illness and how it is handled in the community in the past or the stigma attached with such illness could be one of the reasons for the denial. Whatever the case may be it is high time, the community should realize the seriousness of denying the mental status of an individual. The Mental health is vital, for an individual perhaps more emphasis need to be given as the physical health. When we commit ourselves as healthy individuals, the soundness of our mind has a vital role. The ability of understanding the true nature of self and ability to enjoy the life without harming others perhaps makes a person mentally sound. Deprivation in many form and capacities exists in our societies such as caste, religion, socioeconomic status including poverty. Therefore even though the individual has a right to choose his own destiny in the life, there are limitations and practical difficulties bound by the individual's family the community and the society at large. The financial status of a family, coupled with their status in the community together with the so called family and personal prestige, they would like to maintain even prevent an individual from attaining his or her personal goal in life, Such an individual choose a career not for his personal satisfaction, but to please others in their family, or to satisfy their financial need or for self sustenance. Such individual's may lack self-esteem, emotional maturity and in general sound mental health regardless of the position they hold . Lack of available opportunities in the country for the individual's growth and potential also may be a deciding factor in this respect. Another reason for deprivation could be game playing for selfish reasons and motives. In fact this is a topic that needs to be discussed in length. People with poor self esteem and who belong to low socio-economic strata are the main culprits.
They feel that they have nothing to lose. Hence
whatever they gain will always be an advantage to them.
So to conclude –Human mind is indeed a great marvel. Its powers, composition, complexity, speed, dimensions, levels are all to a great extent, unfathomed mysteries. The first wonder about it is where it is seated. If you ask somebody where his mind is, he will tap his chest to answer that it is within. But if you look for, or even ransack the whole body, both inside and outside you will never find it. It is not an organ like the heart or liver. It is a virtual screen on which the entire actions and reactions of our nervous system are pictured for us to perceive and perform. Mind is the total result of all the chemical, biological and electrical processes taking place in the brain. That is why if one’s brain is seriously injured, his mental abilities are often affected. Hence it is clear that the brain is the abode of mind. So which part of the body is to be treated when one’s mind is derailed or out of hinge? It is indeed the brain. And now there are as many good and effective medicines for mental disorders as there are medicines for the diseases affecting other parts of the body. Therefore if someone is mentally sick, don’t turn to black magic or exorcism; but take him to a good psychiatric hospital and get him cured. The earlier, the better. Treat mental illness; don’t try to beat it out.