World Suicide Prevention Day

WHO estimates that over 800,000 people die due to suicide each year – it means one person every 40 seconds. Let’s join hands to prevent suicide. Let’s spread awareness.

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“SAY NO TO BULLYING”, “SAY NO TO HARASSMENT”

Harassment in the public is found to be twice as common for people with mental health problems than for those in the overall population.

The harassment commonly involves verbal abuse mentioning to the individual’s mental health complications and is committed primarily by colleagues and neighbors. Almost all of us know that harassment of a psychiatric patient has a detrimental effect on his mental health. Still, we hear these kind of news so often:

“Currently admitted in Malda Medical College Hospital in a critical condition, the woman was found with blunt metal objects inserted in her privates. Doctors have reported that she was raped multiple times by multiple people. Reports say the tribal woman, said to be mentally unstable, was abducted from a neighbouring village near Ichamati river while she was on her way back from a Shivratri fair on February 17 evening”.

“A mentally ill woman was beaten and tortured by three women in front of a crowd in Pallipuram. Her feet were burnt with an iron ladle. When a mobile video of the assault was circulated on social media, the police filed a case against the women”. And so many more…..

Stigma and discernment have long been complications for people with mental health issues living in the society.

Yes, the mentally ill will often face teasing or bullying. Bullying is always merciless, but is extraordinarily so when aimed at individuals who are acknowledged in some manner as disabled.

In all bullying, the bystanders shouldn’t just keep staring but should stop these attacks by intervening or by arranging help for the mentally disabled. Stopping the harassment is something for which we all should take the responsibility. They are the ones who can’t take care of themselves and need someone to take care of them and for the sake of humanity, we can stand by them in need and help them not get furthermore mentally unstable just by simply intervening in the harassment and stopping it further.

The worst of all that can happen is domestic violence faced by mentally ill. Their caretakers whether it be parents, children or siblings, at some point of time, lose patience and it results in domestic violence as they can’t take it anymore themselves but the other way round, they should themselves see the patient’s psychiatrist in order to know how to stay calm and stress free. The caretaker’s meet are regularly held at Shanti Home Advance De-addiction, Mental Health Clinic and Psychiatric Rehabilitation where the family of the Psychiatric patient is counseled well.

The intensity of the emotive or physical assault leaves lifelong wounds and in a high number of cases these patients exhibit enough symptoms of furthermore suffering from depression, anxiety and seclusion. The worst of the repercussions even may lead to suicide.

Harassing a mentally unstable person is a heinous act of humanity. Let’s not make their struggle of mental health recovery impossible by continuing to treat them as horrendously distinct part of society. Remember, mental illness isn’t a choice. It is exhausting to fight a war inside one’s head every day. Let’s make it easier for them to recover and be a support and “SAY NO TO BULLYING”, “SAY NO TO HARASSMENT”.

 

 

Shanti Home Mission

Shanti Home Advanced De-Addiction, Mental Health Clinic and Psychiatric Rehabilitation offers inpatient and outpatient medical facilities. Our aim is to deliver standard patient-focused treatment with due dignity and respect in a safe and therapeutic atmosphere.  We constantly attempt to bring a change in the lives of our patients and assist them to recover their working at the office, in school, at home, and in their associations with family and other significant individuals in their lives. Esteem for patients, the stability of care, and robust message between all people engaged in patient care describe our methodology.

Shanti Home Advanced De-Addiction, Mental Health Clinic and Psychiatric Rehabilitation is committed to the prevention, treatment, and cure of anxiety, panic, depressive, obsessive-compulsive, substance abuse & addiction, schizophrenia, eating disorders, sleep disorders, bipolar disorders and other trauma-related disorders through education, medication, therapies and research. Our objective emphasizes on the improvement of the quality of life for those with these psychological and substance abuse disorders.

Shanti Home seeks to outshine as a valued, active and prominent organization advancing psychology as a science. The fundamental values that lead our mission embrace pursuit of brilliance, awareness, diversity and ethical action at the right time. Our strategic plan objectives are to maximize the association’s organizational effectiveness, expand psychology’s role in progressing health and enhance recognition of psychology as a science.  Our effort is driven by our vow to encourage mental health as an acute part of overall health wellness, including preventive facilities for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, integrated care, services, and support for ones who need it, with recovery as the main goal. The mental health disorders should be cured long before they reach the most critical stage in the ailment process. When we consider other diseases like cancer or heart stroke, we don’t wait for years to cure them. We start before we reach the last stage—we begin with precaution, detect symptoms, and make an action plan to converse and hopefully stop the advancement of the disease. So why don’t we do the same for people who are dealing with possibly serious mental illness? Like other diseases, we need to address to these symptoms on time, recognize the underlying disease and plan an appropriate course of action on a path towards overall health inclusive of sound mental health for a happy and a healthy life.

Let’s talk Depression this World Health Day

Depression is not just a feeling of gloominess or despair but a mental illness. This April 7, 2017, on the occasion of World Health Day, there is a special focus on Depression and the people suffering from mental illness.

There are more than 300 million people in the world who are suffering from depression. The people with mental disorders live about 10 to 25 years lesser than the other people. The reason is not only suicide but many others along with it, to name a few, hypertension, diabetes, being under nourished, cardiac illness and more, for which the people have no one to take care of them and they lack preventive treatment landing into severe depression and death. The psychiatric treatment needs to be an integrated system wherein absolute care is given to the patient covering all the aspects. Shanti Home Mental Health Clinic and De-Addiction Centre has been serving patients with an all integrated approach in order to serve the society in the best possible way and make it better as we believe Depression is the largest cause of disability in the world. Suicide is one of the major disastrous repercussions of depression. Propitiously, it’s treatable.

Easy fatigability, easy irritability, feeling of worthlessness, helplessness, hopelessness, crying spells without a reason, feeling of excessive guilt, restlessness, anxiety all the time, over worrying, continuous pre occupation of similar nature thoughts, suicidal thoughts, and much more similar negative thoughts are a few symptoms to be shared with the Psychiatrist if persisting in someone, without any delay.

There are many risk factors that lead to Depression, a few include, family history of psychiatric disorder, medical disorder like hyper thyroidism, external factors like, peer pressure, job pressure, sexual abuse, parent loss at an early age and more. We can ourselves be more preventive by exercising regularly, taking balanced diet, sleeping for adequate number of hours, taking initiative in doing the things that interests us, interacting socially, staying occupied and above everything else, never hesitate consulting a Psychiatrist if any symptom persists before it’s too late to consult, as, mental illness is like any other physical illness requiring a doctor.

Maximum suicides are backed by undetected implicit cause ‘Depression’. This ignorance costs very high.

7 indications of Alcohol dependency

Regular intake of alcohol increases the dependency on it which is also called alcoholism. This eventually leads to noticeable mental and physical changes wherein taking professional help is the only resort. Below are some of the major symptoms of alcohol dependency that call for immediate medical help:

  1. Tolerance: After a certain time, the same quantity of alcohol doesn’t get the same feeling as it did earlier. This leads to an increased consumption of alcohol; it is called tolerance. This suggests that regular drinking over time has accustomed your body of a certain quantity of alcohol.
  2. Withdrawal symptoms: When the effect of alcohol diminishes; you experience withdrawal symptoms likeanxiety,sweating, nausea, insomnia, depression, irritability, fatigue; loss of appetite or headaches. One or more of these symptoms point towards alcohol dependency.
  3. Loss of Control: It’s high time you should check your alcohol consumption when even after drinking a certain amount; you experience an uncontrollable urge to drink more.
  4. Inability to quit: Sometimes you may desire to quit drinking and may even make efforts to cut down on drinking habit but end up unsuccessful.
  5. Neglecting other activities: You may start ignoring important appointments, forgetting your promises or postponing work.Alcohol abuse eventually latches on to your time ultimately leading you to overlook the true essence of life. Your priorities tend to change causing an imbalance in life.
  6. Change in focus: There would be a shift of focus from other social as well as recreational activities to alcohol. You start awaiting the next opportunity to drink which in itself is an indication of alcohol dependency.
  7. Negative Consequences: Ultimately, when drinking alcohol interferes with your ability to work, affects your relationships, worsens the finances, or leads to health problems, yet you continue to drink, your dependency on alcohol is quite high. This indicates the need to take professional guidance.

If either you or your loved one has any of the above symptoms, seek consultation at Shanti Home. Our rehabilitation treatment has given a new life to many.

Recovery is always possible; only an initiative needs to be taken from your end.