THE IMPACT OF THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION ON THE MENTAL HEALTH OF WORKERS.
The urgent call for recurrent awareness on mental health issues is obvious in Nigeria Nigeria as mental health
issue fast becoming an eminent disease in amongst youths in Nigeria.
The burden of mental illness is increasing steadily across every community in our society. Workers are becoming prone to mental health issues due to the current harsh economic realities of the country. In the bid to “chill with the big boss and kiti cattering” most youth have gone insane just to feel among.
Societal pressure, low income to meet daily expenses, inability to pay bills, traumatic events and many others contribute to the deteriorating mental health of workers in the country
According to the World Health Organization, WHO, mental health is a state of well being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.
- The Impact of the Current Economic Situation on Mental Health of Workers
When an individual cannot function properly in his or her society then the person may be mentally ill. When an individual’s behavior is different from the general population, the person could also be having mental issues particularly when there is excessive laughing, crying or any other behavior capable of portraying excessive unwarranted pressure .
Mental illness are health conditions that involves changes in emotions, thinking or behavior, it involves a combination of these two or three changes.
Mental illnesses include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders, hyperactive behavior amongst others.
Reports from the National Institute of Mental Health Disorders says women are nearly twice as likely to suffer from major depression than men. Fifty percent of all lifetime mental illness begins by age fourteen and seventy five percent by age twenty four.
Speaking to a medical personnel from the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa the Bayelsa state capital, Dr Frank Opuola noted that anything that increases stress levels can cause and increase mental illness hence workers should ensure that they should desist from anything that brings stress particularly after working hours.
He explained that mental illnesses are treatable with the use of antipsychotic drugs, mood stabilizers, antidepressants as well as other common drugs to be prescribed by a medical doctor.
However, he adds that the treatment has to be consistently sustained by the user.
A pharmacist, Mr Ebimene Williams said the drugs are affordable but many persons who are mentally deranged are among the very low income earners who may not afford to buy the drugs for a long time of usage.
Another medical doctor in the psychiatric department of the Federal Medical Centre Yenagoa, Dr Igikpe Brown emphasized the need for continuos use of prescribed drugs to avoid a relapse.
He advised that despite the harsh economic conditions of the country, people should engage in recreational activities that can make them happy.
This year’s World Mental Health Day is aimed at mobilizing efforts to support mental health and advocacy against social stigma.
The theme” Mental Health in an Unequal World” highlights the need to provide a voice for people experiencing this inequality, discrimination, lack of access to health services, employment and welfare.
This is a call for all relevant stakeholders in the government and private sector to collaborate and provide proper mental health facilities.
We all need to help people with mental health problems around us live better lives.
The Impact of the Current Economic Situation on Mental Health of Workers