• Advika Prasad

Mental Health Issues at Home

Close your eyes for a second and think of a place where you feel most loved, safe, secure, warm, and joyful. Most likely, your home. But unfortunately, one out of every ten people in the world, a number equal to approximately 40% of all Indians, feel that their home might not be the best place for them. One out of every ten violent cases involve a family member, and anyone living in that house could be a victim. The saddest part in these cases is that since they've grown up in that family, they either don't recognize the injustice they're facing, or, worse yet, they recognize it but there’s nothing they can do about it.

The repercussions are that these children, teenagers, and adults carry this trauma and have to fight their battles every day. Some young brains find this difficult to handle and are severely affected by it. Some develop unruly triggers and are not able to accept their past. This struggle with mental health issues at home is real and many are unable to cope with it.

What are some of the major causes of these issues?

Parents' lack of awareness of the importance of mental health plays a huge role here. The simple provision of food, water, education, and a roof over your child's head isn't enough. In spite of all these amenities, children still want love and emotional understanding from them. Their parents are their refuge after all the struggles they face at school. It is hurtful when parents are unable to provide their children with that. The child’s mental health is affected by issues such as marital problems, financial difficulties, etc. These issues tend to arise in every family at some point, but the key to tackling them in a healthy way is to communicate with your children often and assure them of the bright sunshine tomorrow :)

Parents should reinforce the emotional bond with their children as much as possible. Frequently forgiving your children, controlling your anger when you speak to them, spending more time with them, and most importantly, understanding them whenever they speak to you are some ways to do that. Whenever children talk about an issue that they're facing, parents should act calmly and compassionately rather than asserting their point of view and ignoring the depth from which their child is trying to reach out. This will help establish trust between both parties and bring them one step closer to preventing mental trauma.

Writer: Advika Prasad

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