Driving away fear from children

August 8, 2020 12:30 pm

In the eyes of a child, the world can be a scary place. Young children are afraid of many things, and parents have a difficult time identifying and addressing them. Reassuring children of their safety is often a challenge too. For that, parents need to understand their children better and also know the reason for their insecurities. Primary school-age children's common fears could be both real and imaginary. It is natural for them to be afraid of things they do not understand or cannot control. Often children are insecure because they are still learning to cope with their feelings, as early as two to three years of age. As children grow, factors that trigger their fear also change.

According to a survey conducted during this period of lockdown, suicide cases in Nepal have gone up by 20 percent. The number of suicides in the first month was 487 which went up to 1227 by day 74 of the lockdown. The number comes up to about 16.5 cases of suicide per day compared to 15.8 a day in all last year!

The year 2020 is expected to be the year with the worst mental health outcomes largely because of COVID-19, the quarantine, and the loneliness after the loss of loved ones.

KATHMANDU, July 5: A 31-years-old man from Rolpa committed suicide during his home quarantine on Wednesday. A native of Ramdev Rural municipality-5, Avan Sarki, had returned home from Dubai on June 24 and was at home quarantine, alone at a home of his relative as India returned workers refused to allow him to stay with them at a quarantine center run by the local government. He was tested RTD negative while returning home.

Sushant Singh Rajput, the Bollywood actor, is no more and the news of his suicide is unfortunate. His last Instagram post was a collage of his mother along with his picture, which he captioned it poetically, ‘Blurred past evaporating from teardrops, unending dreams carving an arc of smile and a fleeting life, negotiating between the two...Maa.’

Anger management in children

June 21, 2020 10:41 am

Anger is usually a response to danger. It is also a form of self-expression, and sometimes, a way for children to show their independence. For little children, it is also a cry for help. During the lockdown, schools are closed and children are at home. They are not able to go out and play or interact with their friends. This causes frustration in children, resulting in aggressive behavior. There are plenty of other reasons for young children to be angry about it.

No Health without the Mental Health

June 19, 2020 17:13 pm

Mental health is an illness just like some other physical illness that can be cured and dealt with and whoever are feeling low, sad, depressed please come in front, talk to people, share things, be brave in doing so.

Britain’s Prince William has admitted he’s found being a parent overwhelming at times and that the “life-changing” experience of having children brought back the trauma he experienced following the death of his mother, Princess Diana.

KATHMANDU, May 20: Earlier this month, police found two dead bodies in Butwal Sub-metropolitan City-19 in Rupandehi district. The police investigation found that the reason behind their death was suicide. They had committed suicide together. This is just an example of a suicide case, which has increased by a significant number after the government enforced a nationwide lockdown on March 24.

The world right now is facing a pandemic due to the novel coronavirus. It has become a threat to mankind. The global lockdowns have consequently affected all sectors of human life, among which, the education sector has been majorly affected.

Actor Chitrangda Singh believes it is important to focus on the mental health of women during the lockdown and the whole family needs to come together to help her.

In a rare video appearance, actor Emma Stone is raising mental health awareness while practising social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Glory of Om

April 11, 2020 09:43 am

Om “A-U-M” is a universal hymn. Our existence revolves around the cosmic ground and it is evolving every day, but if we stay still and focused, we can almost hear a silent hum like vibrating sound in the form of “OM” coming from far corners of the universe itself. The real form of sound transpires from its echo. The echo of sound has an original and native word which is known as omkar. Om has three syllables. The origin of om is a-u-m. The ‘aah’ from om is found while pronouncing ‘ka’ or ‘Kha’ simply, it is found in most of the consonants. Hence, the letter ‘aah’ is also known as Akshar Braham.

Life under lockdown

April 7, 2020 09:26 am

It is not an understatement to say that the COVID-19 virus has changed the world. The whole world is in panic and disorder right now. The fact that we don’t know when this will come to an end is even scarier to contemplate. The majority of the countries across the globe are in lockdown. People are told to stay indoors to minimize the spread of the coronavirus as much as possible. Being in lockdown might seem unsettling for the majority of people right now, but I am used to it. I have been on mental and physical lockdown for the last four and a half years. However, I am still fighting to not let the lockdown lock my life down.

Popstar Justin Bieber gifted a fan named Julie Coker $100,000 for her mental health advocacy.

Think of their mental health

February 6, 2020 10:02 am

Binod BK, 30, explains that being a transman in Nepal is challenging. Hailing from Syangja, one of the rural districts of Nepal, Binod’s childhood was smeared in stigma and discrimination from his family, friends, and society. “I knew from the very beginning that even though I was born as a girl, I felt like a man.” In school, Binod was mercilessly bullied because of his choice. He shares, “Girls were required to wear skirts, and tie a ponytail, but I opted to wear pants. It was my way of telling the world that I felt like a boy. But, my classmates didn’t get me.”

Talking about the kind of projects she wants to do, in a recent interview, she said that there are a lot of social issues on which she wants to do a film.

Breathe in, breathe out

January 10, 2020 11:24 am

Anxiety is one of those illnesses that make their rounds. It diminishes, then grows into a black hole that sucks in every reasonable argument, leaving you in a state of paralyzed dysfunction. Extreme paranoia, overthinking, forgetfulness, sleepless nights, difficulty during social functions—these are just some of the symptoms of anxiety.

Ways to improve your mental health

December 17, 2019 09:34 am

Mental health refers to the state of our emotional, psychological and social well-being. Our mental health affects how we feel and think, as well as how we act in certain situation.

Preaching and practising

September 20, 2019 09:18 am

It has been more than a decade that PsyD. Brinda Thapa has been working as a mental health professional but she confesses that she too has to make it point to keep her own mental health in check. Having to listen to so many people and counselling them regarding their problems every day can be a little taxing for her mental wellbeing.

Deepika Padukone says the conversation around mental health awareness may have opened up a lot in recent years but there is still a long way to go.

In a partnership with Hamro Life Bank and Mental Health For All, Byanjankar Bros are organizing a charity gig, ‘Rock For A Cause’ at Shree Shramik Shanti Higher Secondary School, Chyasal, Patan on July 26. The gig is organized to raise money for mental health and smart blood management.

“I figured out that something was wrong with me and went to get a diagnosis. My doctor told me to express all of my emotions in any way I wanted to. He suggested that I write, but I preferred drawing and it helped me a lot.”

Research has linked common mental disorders to loneliness felt by individuals in solo living arrangements. Lacking social relationships caused by living alone may trigger anxiety, mood disorders, and substance abuse.

Silent suffering

May 3, 2019 09:29 am

There’s a suicide prevention helpline in Nepal that’s a direct line to the psychiatry ward in Teaching Hospital in Maharajgunj, Kathmandu. On-duty psychiatrists at the ward attend to this helpline and each week at least a couple of calls come in. Some weeks, the phone rings everyday.

Justin Bieber's wife and model Hailey Baldwin is opening up about her mental health struggles. The 22-year-old model spoke candidly about her struggle with anxiety in an interview with Glamour as cited by E! News.

John Kirwan broke one of rugby's biggest taboos when he revealed his battle with depression, but the All Blacks legend believes modern athletes are under more mental pressure than ever in the commercial era.

Children with thin tooth enamel are more likely to develop mental health problems in later life, a new study finds. Researchers have analysed the milk teeth lost by primary school children and found that they could offer vital clues to their future happiness. Tooth scans could one day be used to flag up – and potentially head off – children at high risk of health problems further down the road, they say.

LALITPUR, Feb 11: The country's only Mental Hospital at  Lagankhel is facing a crunch of consultant psychiatrists.

A study of more than a million people in Sweden has found lower birth weight is linked to a small but significant increase in the risk of mental health problems, including depression.

Open your mind

December 26, 2018 00:30 am

Government should raise public awareness and introduce mental health policies in order to improve psycho-social wellbeing of the citizens

Mental health of neglect

December 25, 2018 02:00 am

Various reports and surveys paint the troubling picture of Nepal’s mental health. A study of 2013 showed 37.5 percent of Nepalis suffer from mental illness.

More than 11 million days are lost at work a year in the UK because of stress, costing the economy over £5 billion. In fact, almost half of workplace absences due to ill health relate to poor mental health, stress or anxiety, according to the Health and Safety Executive.

Nov 19: While the world celebrates Women's Day with great pomp and celebrations, International Men's Day, celebrated on November 19, passes off a little quietly. So we bring you everything that you need to know about International Men's Day.

KATHMANDU, Oct 11: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health and Population, Upendra Yadav has expressed concern over the increase in the number of mental patients in Nepal every year due to illiteracy, unemployment, migration, social disintegration, poverty and natural disasters.

Adolescence is a crucial phase of a life in which a child transitions into an adult. It is a tumultuous period of rapid changes, uncertainty, identity formation, restlessness and curiosity.

Every country in the world is facing rising rates of mental illness, a report says.

The pressure to present the "perfect" life on social media could be a factor.

Breast cancer impacts mental health

September 25, 2018 16:00 pm

“The biggest barrier to adapting to life after breast cancer was anxiety."