Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
A family is a group, it can be related or not. You can consider a family like your friends or any group that makes you feel that you’re in a family. … Family‘ is a single word with many different meanings. By google definition, family is; “a group consisting of parents and children living together in a household.”
Permit me to talk about well-being as it relates to the family today.
There are two sides to mental health and they are:
But first why is the International Day of Families in existence?
The Day will highlight the importance of all caregivers in families, be it parents, grandparents or siblings and the importance of parental education for the welfare of children. It will focus on good practices for work-family balance to aid parents in their educational and care-giving roles. Good practices from the private sector in support of working parents, as well as youth and older persons in the workplace will also be highlighted.
The Day also aims to discuss the importance of ‘knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development’ (SDG4, target 4.7).
The theme this year is “Families, education and well-being”. This year’s observance of the International Day of Families focuses on the role of families and family oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being of their members. In particular, the Day is to raise awareness of the role of families in promoting early childhood education and lifelong learning opportunities for children and youth.
My goal here is to educate you on what role you have to play as a family.
So back to my point of discussion.
The family is the first society is child is born into. That is the first point of call for any child. The lifestyle of the parents, Uncles, Aunts and other family members go a long way in preventing or causing mental disorders.
The absence of all these is what I will try to discuss below
It is not out-of-place that you probably have lost it now as a family. What is key is that you find how to restore the mental health of your family.
Here are some tips :
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It is time we stopped trading blames on the society.
It is time to go back to the family and educate ourselves and seek for a better well-being of each other.
Of important mention is Africa. It is time to embrace that mental illness is real and doesn’t have to be big for it to be mental illness. It begins with you and I. Begins with the workplace creating an environment mother-child friendly work environment.
In the words of Mr Ronald Kajanya, Country Director, United Nations Information Center, ” it is time that companies and the corporate sector give attention to the family by creating an environment friendly for working mothers”.
I challenge you therefore to rise up as a family and build a mentally healthy society to prevent mental disorders or illnesses.
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