“What is the meaning of mental health?”, a friend asked.

Mental health involves the emotional, psychological and social well-being of an individual. As the name implies, it is related to our mind – how we think, feel and react to issues.

From childhood to adolescence and adulthood, the importance of stable mental health has to be fully emphasized. 

This is especially important today because more people are prone to mental health challenges now.

In Africa, quite a number of people believe that they are immune to mental health challenges and anything related is MADNESS.

Even though this assertion is common, it is not valid.

In recent years, mental health problems have appeared to be increasing. In fact between the years 2000 and 2015, there has been a 52% increase in mental health challenges here.  

One of them common with students when writing their final exams is the last paper syndrome.

What are some common causes of mental health challenges today?

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There is no particular cause of mental health issues. It is usually a result of various factors ranging from STRESS to ANXIETY to LONELINESS.

Other factors that contribute to mental health challenges include:

  • Traumatic experiences
  • Physical and emotional abuse
  • Medical health issues
  • Misuse of alcohol or drugs
  • Low self-esteem

All of this you will get in ways social media affect our mental health.

I have only introduced the meaning of mental health.

In future articles, I will write about how the issues stated here can result in mental health challenges.

And what we can do to manage these issues so we can maintain a mentally healthy lifestyle.

Lydia Nwamu

My name is Lydia and I am a mental health advocate and writer. I am passionate about breaking the stigma and educating others on the importance of their mental well-being.