Mental Immunity: World Mental Health Day

Jones M Govardhana:

Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community. Any interruption to this equilibrium is known to cause depression or mental illness.

Close to one billion people have a mental disorder and anyone, anywhere, can be affected. Depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents and adults.  1 in 5 children and adolescents has a mental disorder. Suicide is claiming the lives of close to 800 000 people every year ̶ 1 person every 40 seconds ̶- and is the second leading cause of death for young people aged 15-29 years.

During these times of COVID-19, where children are restricted to online learning, adults to their desk with work from home, while social life is again constrained to  the digital screen, with the  crosscutting fear of the virus coming home, majority of us are undergoing  tremendous stress that’s leading to depression and imbalance in the mental harmony.

We nourish our bodies with nutritious food, immunity boosters, likewise it is crucial to feed one’s mind with positive thoughts for good mental health.  Building Mental Immunity is essential to keep us insulated from the turbulence of life. Mental Immunity is the ability to deal with stress, challenging situations, manage emotions and solve problems with critical and creative thinking. Here are few immunity boosters for mental health

1.Acceptance is the most important element that brings a person in agreement with the situation. Denial of the state leads to depression. Accepting the situation and hoping things will get better is the first immunity booster for mental health.

2.Hope is a strong power and the most important factor when it comes to overcoming life’s biggest challenges. A ray of hope that there is light at the end of every tunnel dispels dark clouds of fear and anxiety. Hope gives us the ability to change things. Hope keeps us alive.

3.Distancing from Negative thoughts- Detoxing our cells from toxic thoughts that enter either by external factors or internal processors by replacing them with positive thoughts will give us the ability to face challenges in life better.

As children of God it’s our responsibility to build our own Mental immunity to face the turbulence of life and reach out to individuals who are grappling with mental issues without being judgemental.

John 14:1- Don’t let your heart be troubled. Believe in God and believe also in me.

Jones M Govardhana

Cancer survivor


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