World Mental Health Day (October 10) – Youngsters More Prone to Mental Health Issues!


A healthy person isn’t just one without any physical ailments or diseases. A healthy person is one who sound not just physically but mentally, emotionally and spiritually. A person’s mental health depends on his state of mind.

October 10th is World Mental Health Day.  And this year’s theme of 2018 World Mental Health Day is: “Young people and mental health in a changing world.” With this theme, it is obvious that mental ill-health is associated with young people.

According to World Health Organisation(WHO), changes in mental state occur in adolescence and the early years of adulthood due to change in schools, jobs, cities, etc. Though this period is exciting for most people, there are others who deal with stress and anxiety during this time. If the depression is not recognized and managed, it can lead to mental illness.

What is the cause?

One of the main cause is that physical illness is detected easily, the sickness of mind is not easy to detect.  People are not aware and not as serious about physical sickness like the mental sickness.There are various factors that contribute to mental illness among young people. A lot of youngsters have developed bad habits of hard drugs, alcohol and other dangerous substances, which cause damages to the brain. Others are a victim of bullying in college, workplace or even cyber-bullying.

A WHO report confirmed that over 5 crore people in India suffer from depression. And every hour one student commits suicide due to mental distress. The main problem is that mental illness is considered a stigma in our country, therefore, people suffering do not really come out and talk about it. AIIMS Bhubaneswar held a campaign to raise awareness on mental health.

Mental sickness is the most powerful, the most destructive and most distressing sickness in the world. And in today’s time, it is more common in young people than other age groups. The world is changing constantly and the number of people with mental illness is constantly increasing too. And if steps are not taken the numbers will rise even further.