“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”.

 

 

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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.