World Mental Health Day (10th October, 2018)

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The Internet defines mental health as incorporating emotional, psychological, and social well-being. Mental health affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is vital during all stages of life, from childhood to adulthood.

There are many causes for poor or unhealthy mental health, including – genetic causes, psychological trauma, abuse and family history of mental illness.



The following are common forms of mental disorders:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Clinical depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Dementia
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Autism
  • Post traumatic stress disorder

We can learn to cope with a loved one, if they have mental health disorders. Many of us tend not know how to live along side these people. However, we can cope by;

  • Familiarize yourself with the kind of mental health problem the person has
  • Develop a helpful accommodative approach towards the person
  • Seek advice from psychologist or psychiatrist on how the help the affected person

It is important to treat mentally ill with care, respect and hope, hope that someday the victim will heal and lead a normal live.

Compiled by Grace C. Sitienei, University of Nairobi Library