Every day with the increases in number of suicides my mind wonders, ‘Why do people kill themselves?’
It must be tough to kill oneself I think, but the fact that people are willing to kill themselves instead of
living make me understand how difficult just living must have been to them.
I was just eighteen when I thought of killing myself. It is a horrible feeling you know. There is no
meaning to my life, or my existence does not Matter at all. Years went by with these thoughts killing
me deep inside.
One fine day I decided to speak up talk to someone. My college had this online counselling service
where I talked to experts. Experts who helped me recover, find a purpose, a meaning.
I can happily say that this was the best decision of my life.
Dear readers, if you ever feel low and do not want to talk to anyone, please do talk, to the right kind
of people who can help you. It is only you who can do something to save yourself. Life is beautiful if
you are in the right place to see it.

The spectrum of mental health ranges from mental wellbeing to diagnosable mental and behavioural disorders that meet specified clinical criteria.

Mental well-being is a state in which the individual can realize his or her potential, cope with the everyday stresses of life, study or work productively, and participate in community life.

The positive dimension of mental health is stressed in the World Health Organization (WHO) constitution, where health is defined as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Mental well-being is therefore more than the absence of mental illness and cannot be achieved simply by preventing and treating mental disorders. It is also necessary to promote mental well-being by carrying out activities, providing services and creating environments that promote mental health.

Mental difficulties or problems are ways of thinking, feeling or behaving that impact negatively on an adolescent’s quality of life and development.

Mental difficulties or problems can be part of normal adolescent development; may be responses to events in the adolescent’s life or stressors. Mental difficulties or problems do not meet diagnostic criteria of disorders – they have a different duration, severity and impact.

Perceptions of what is “normal” or “abnormal” are determined to a large extent by the social and cultural context. Different ways of thinking and behaving across cultures may influence the way that mental illness manifests and is perceived.


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