Mental Health in the Home
I remember reading somewhere that we are all to a degree, a little cuckoo. That explains why when we are provoked to an extent, something snaps and we do something uncharacteristic of us.
I’ll admit that most Africans (at least the ones I watch movies with) tend to be a little prejudiced against non-Africans who seem to run to the shrink for any ‘little’ problem. Quite a number of African-American movies also seem to pass the comment about blacks not seeing a shrink. That’s a ‘white man’s problem’. But even with the availability of therapists and all, there are news of psychos wreaking havoc everywhere.
Anyway, how much attention is given to mental health in the home? Not too much, I believe. We are raised to deal with our issues our own way and move on. This has proven to be very damaging to individuals and families as our dysfunctional habits and coping mechanisms get magnified and more entrenched as we grow up.
We get offended by issues and even battle with depression but it is not given the necessary attention because we label them as ‘dark moods’ which would go away after some flattering talk and comfort food.
Honestly, until I read this prompt, I never really considered the matter as one of importance when it comes to the home. How particular are parents to the mental health of their kids? When the children and adolescents act out for no reason, do parents and older siblings even bother to find out the root cause of their tantrums?
The thing is, most of us suffer mental challenges without fully realizing it and so do not treat it as such. I think we should consciously check in on each other and leave room for people to open up to us. Don’t try to explain it away or dismiss it as trivial. It might sound insignificant to you but it could be ruining someone. Our mental and emotional strengths vary just like everything else.
If I can pay attention to my physical and spiritual health, then I can do same with my mental health. I won’t let myself be stressed too much and I’ll do all I can to de-stress as often as possible.
How much significance do you place on mental health in your home? Kindly share and thanks for reading.
© Josephine Amoako 2019