World Mental Health Day 2020 feels like the most significant version of this day yet. The months of loss and isolation have affected all of us differently and prioritizing mental health has never been more important than it is now.
Mental health pertains to
resilience and our ability to meet life’s challenges in a manner that enhances
our chances at mastery of situations and
adaptation to them. Just like physical health,
mental health requires activities that promote wellness, flexibility and
Mental illness describes the many afflictions
that can affect our thoughts and mood. These
illnesses, in turn, affect our emotional state and sense of well-being. As with physical illnesses, mental illness can have
a significant impact on our ability to reach personal goals in our work, education
“Megan is glued to her phone texting her boyfriend and ‘bestie’. I wish I knew how to get her to cut back.”
“I haven’t figured out a good way to limit iPod/computer time yet. Sometimes I allow them an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon. Then the next day, I let them play all day. I’m not consistent with it. What drives me really crazy is when we are doing something together and all of the sudden one disappears and goes to play Minecraft without me knowing (I think he/she is heading to the bathroom).”
Do these statements sound as if they’re describing your family?
It has been a few weeks since school ended and children are home for the summer. How many of them, however, are glued to their cell phones or computers?
While most children and teens enjoy using their cell phones and computers for playing games and connecting with others via social media and can do so responsibly, engaging too frequently in these types of activities—in which use becomes obsessive—may be more harmful than just being an annoying habit. “Process addictions,” such as rampant overuse of cell phones and the Internet, are becoming of increased concern because of possible health risks. Some countries in Asia, in fact, are labeling these addictions as some of their nations’ most significant public health risks.