What is a healthy mind? Understanding the details of mental health in youth

Mental Health encompasses emotional, psychological, and social well-being, influencing how one thinks, feels, and acts

Youth Extra Lens Mental Health in Youth

Mental health is a critical component of our overall well-being, yet it remains one of the most overlooked aspects of health in contemporary society. It encompasses emotional, psychological, and social well-being, influencing how we think, feel, and act. Just as physical health requires care and attention, nurturing our mental health is equally vital for leading fulfilling and productive lives.


What do the studies say about Mental Health?

5.5% of U.S. adults experienced serious mental illness in 2021 (14.1 million people). This represents 1 in 20 adults. Annual prevalence of mental illness among U.S. adults, by demographic group: Non –Hispanic Asian 16.4%


Close to 60 to 70 million people in India suffer from common and severe mental disorders. India is the world’s suicide capital with over 2.6 lakh cases of suicide in a year.



The Importance of Mental Health: 

Our mental health significantly impacts various facets of our lives, including our relationships, work performance, and overall quality of life. When our mental health is robust, we can effectively cope with stress, adapt to changes, maintain healthy relationships, and make sound decisions.


Conversely, poor mental health can lead to an array of challenges, such as:


Reduced Quality of Life: Mental health issues can diminish one’s enjoyment of life and hinder participation in daily activities.


Impaired Physical Health: Research indicates a strong correlation between mental and physical health. Mental health problems can exacerbate physical conditions and vice versa.


Strained Relationships: Mental health issues may strain relationships with family, friends, and colleagues due to changes in behavior and mood.


Decreased Productivity: Condition like anxiety and depression can impair concentration, leading to decreased productivity at work or school.


Increased Risk of Substance Abuse:  Individuals may turn to substances like alcohol or drugs as a coping mechanism, exacerbating mental health issues.


Common Mental Health Disorders:


Depression: characterized by persistent feeling of sadness, hopelessness, and disinterest in activities once enjoyed.


Anxiety Disorders: These encompass various condition, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and phobias and characterized by excessive worry or fear.


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Involves persistent, intrusive thoughts and repetitive behaviors or rituals


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Develops after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, leading to flashbacks, nightmares, and severe anxiety.


Promoting Mental Health:

Promoting mental health involves adopting strategies that enhance resilience, coping mechanism, and overall well-being. Some effective approaches include:

  • Maintaining Social Connections
  • Healthy Lifestyle Choices
  • Stress Management
  • Seeking Professional Help
  • Education Raising Awareness
  • Creating Supportive Environments


It is crucial to take mental health seriously and prioritize it just as much as we do our physical health. By adopting healthy habits and seeking help when needed, we can reduce our risk of developing mental health disorders and improve overall quality of life.