Social Activist and Literary Genius Mayaa SH shares her insights on Importance of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention….

Why is mental well being so important for any individual?

Mayaa SH : Mental and physical health are not completely separate from each other, but complement each other.Mental health is influenced by a variety of factors, including genetics, environment, lifestyle, and experiences. Mental health impediments are common, with approximately one in four people experiencing mental stress at some point in their lives. Physical health addresses the good health of the body, while mental health addresses the good health of the mind. Both are very important and cannot be seen apart from perspective.Balanced mental health holds great importance in a person’s life. Balanced mental health gives you the ability to stay positive which helps your mind to achieve your goals.Mental health is the greatest asset. To remain free from anxiety and stress, you need to trust your consensus.
Both your mind and body are important for overall health, and it is important to take care of both in life . Good self-care is your best survival strategy, and it’s important that you listen to both your physical and mental needs.

What are the likely causes of stress in individuals?

Mayaa SH : Stress can induce any mental health problem which may vary depending on the specific disorder. However, some common symptoms include: mood changes, such as persistent sadness or feeling worthless changes in sleep or appetite changes in behavior, such as increased irritability or aggression Difficulty concentrating or making decisions changes in energy levels, such as fatigue or restlessness feeling of anxiety or fear. Stress has a psychological effect that can manifest as irritability or aggression, feeling of losing control, insomnia, fatigue or exhaustion, sadness or tears, concentration or memory problems or more. Chronic stress can lead to other problems, such as depression, anxiety or burnout. Factors affecting mental health usually include heredity, pregnancy related aspects, chemical imbalance in the brain, Psychological reasons, family disputes, mental trauma and social causes.

What is the reason for committing suicide?

Mayaa SH : The biggest reason for suicide is when people are made to feel hopeless about themselves and they start thinking that there is nothing left in life. This is the reason why the highest rate of suicide is seen when people start to view themselves in light as if nothing is left to either live for or a goal they wish to pursue any longer.This feeling of despair stems from various causes and pressure that many have to succumb to in life. A question also arises whether the thought of suicide comes automatically or is there any medical reason for it?Suicidal thoughts are not natural. Due to bio-neurological changes in the brain, people start feeling that life is of no use. After this the person thinks of committing suicide.Depression, mental stress, anxiety and nervousness are the root causes that give way to any individual to lose interest in something that used to give them happiness and contentment in life. Negative things or people or situations also attribute to high degree of Toxicity in life. Having a negative outlook on the future also encourages the motive behind taking a strong step to end life. Suicide attempt or non-fatal suicidal behavior is self-injury, accompanied by a desire to end one’s life and not resulting in death.

What are the different types of mental health issues or problems?

Mayaa SH :Genetics can make a person susceptible to developing a mental health disorder, while environmental factors such as trauma or stress can trigger the disorder. Lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, and substance use can also affect mental health. Some mental health problems, such as schizophrenia, have a strong genetic component, while others, such as anxiety and depression, are more influenced by environmental factors. There are different categories of mental health issues, each with their own symptoms and treatment options. Few of the most common mental health problems include:

Depression: Depression is a mood disorder characterized by persistent sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in activities. Symptoms of depression can vary from person to person and include feelings of worthlessness, changes in appetite and sleep patterns, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating.

Anxiety: Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness, such as worry or fear, which can be mild or severe. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders in the United States, affecting more than forty million adults. Symptoms of anxiety include excessive worrying, restlessness, difficulty sleeping, and panic attacks.

Schizophrenia: Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder that affects the way a person thinks, feels, and behaves. Symptoms of schizophrenia include delusions, hallucinations, disorganized thinking, and lack of motivation.

What are the two important ways to combat stress?

Mayaa SH :

Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy, also called talk therapy, can be an effective treatment for mental health problems. Psychotherapy involves a trained mental health professional learning skills and strategies to manage the symptoms of mental stress and issues .Talk therapy helps you learn how to take control of your life and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills.

Support from Loved Ones:

Support from loved ones can also be beneficial for individuals with mental health problems. A strong support system can provide emotional support and help individuals cope with the challenges of living with a mental health issues.
Always telling others that your friend or family member that help is available and that mental stress is not a taboo goes a long way to provide relief and comfort to people . Asking questions, listening to ideas, and being responsive when the topic of mental health problems comes up allows anybody to destress and stay reassured that any friend or family member is extremely wanted in life and cared about in life. Supportive relationships provide emotional understanding, encouragement. Families can help affected individuals by listening to them without being biased like taking care of their needs that they can’t take care of on their own.

What is cognitive behavioural technique?

Mayaa SH : Cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT is usually dependent on who may see its benefits and rely on its evidence-based methods to promote quality care and teach patients how to achieve desired behaviors.It helps you to challenge and overcome automatic beliefs, and use practical strategies to change or modify your behaviour. The result is more positive feelings, which in turn lead to more positive thoughts and behaviours.Identify troubling situations or conditions in your life. …
Become aware of your thoughts, emotions and beliefs about these problems. …
Identify negative or inaccurate thinking. …
Reshape negative or inaccurate thinking.Cognitive behavioral therapy.The three pillars of CBT are identification, recognition, and management.CBT is based on an individual cognitive conceptualization of each patient and an ongoing formulation of patients’ problems.
CBT needs a strong therapeutic alliance.
CBT places a strong emphasis on participation and cooperation.
CBT is a problem- and goal-focused therapy.

What is any one model of mental health in psychology ?

Mayaa SH : Mental models are how we understand the world. For example, velocity is a mental model that helps you understand that speed and direction both matter. Reciprocity is a mental model that helps you understand how going positive and going first can make a big difference. A mental model is an explanation of how something works. It is a concept, framework, or worldview that you carry around in your mind to help you interpret the world and understand the relationship between things. Mental models are deeply held beliefs about how the world works.The best mental models are the ideas with the most utility. They are broadly useful in daily life. As a social construct, reciprocity means that in response to friendly actions, people are frequently much nicer and much more cooperative than predicted by the self-interest model; conversely, in response to hostile actions they are frequently much more nasty and even brutal.Reciprocity is a mental model that helps you understand how going positive and going first can make a big difference.Mental models are people’s internal representations of external systems. The idea that people have internal representations of external phenomena.

What are the components of mental health?

Mayaa SH : Mental health can be broken down further into three major components: cognitive health, emotional health, and behavioral health. Each of these components interacts with and influences the others, and they are all imperative to overall well-being.Cognitive health is the ability to clearly think, learn, and remember. It is an important component of performing everyday activities. Cognitive health is just one aspect of overall brain health.Without good cognitive health, we may be more at risk of mental health risks, and struggles with mental health conditions can affect our cognitive wellbeing.Emotional health is about how we think and feel. It is about our sense of wellbeing, our ability to cope with life events and how we acknowledge our own emotions as well as those of others. It doesn’t mean being happy all of the time.Emotional health is the ability to cope with and manage emotions. It’s also the ability to have positive relationships. Mental health is the ability to think clearly and make good decisions. It’s also the ability to cope with stress and manage emotions. Behavioral health has more to do with the specific actions people take. It’s about how they respond in various scenarios. Two people who are experiencing similar emotions may react in very different ways.In Behavioral Health one usually deals with the emotions, behaviors, and environments related to a person’s mental well-being. This area will provide you with broad knowledge and skills for careers in mental health, addiction treatment, and other service-oriented positions.Behavioral health generally refers to mental health and substance use disorders, life stressors and crises, and stress-related physical symptoms. Behavioral health care refers to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of those conditions.

Why is mental motivation important?

Mayaa SH : Motivation is a multifaceted concept helps us move forward and progress toward our goals. It is a critical factor in determining why people do the things they do and how successful they will be in achieving their goals.Intrinsic motivation (or internal motivation) comes from within. It refers to when you do something for its own sake because it aligns with your interests, passions, or personal values. Positive motivation is when a person wants to pursue a certain outcome to gain a reward, instead of to avoid something negative.A person feels the lack of certain needs, to satisfy which he feels working more. The need satisfying ego motivates a person to do better than he normally does.Our emotions help motivate us to take action in line with our goals and values. They motivate us to seek out meaningful experiences.
In a world full of difficulties and possibilities, motivation is the driving force that motivates people to achieve their objectives and realize their full potential. It is the spark that fires our enthusiasm, drives our determination, and propels us onward even when faced with hardship.Learning to effectively manage your thoughts and emotions will in turn improve your behavioral health. Right-sizing your fears and riding the waves of your emotions will empower oneself to engage with the world around you instead of avoiding new or challenging situations. This boosts motivation in life. When we learn concrete skills for better managing our inner worlds, we are empowered to take ownership over our own wellbeing and stay motivated.Extrinsic strengths are activities that can be viewed by someone else. They are observable activities or tasks we are good at and enjoy. It concerns our talents, our performance, and the areas where we have the most potential for growth. This attributes to our overall level of motivation as well.

What are self-concordant goals in life?

Mayaa SH : Self-concordant goals are goals that are aligned with who we are, our authentic self, and with what we really want to do in our lives. They are goals that we pursue out of deep personal conviction. When the conscious goals fit or express the implicit motives and inclinations of people, many stay healthy and motivated in life. Self-concordant goals would make more optimistic attributions about goal-specific outcomes, and that this tendency would help explain the link between self-concordance and well-being.Pursuing personal goals is an important way that people organize their behavior and mature as individuals. However, because people are typically unaware of their own implicit motivations and potentials, they may pick goals that do not serve them well. Those pursuing self-concordant goals put more sustained effort into achieving those goals and thus are more likely to attain them.Attainment-to-well-being effects are mediated by need satisfaction, i.e., daily activity-based experiences of autonomy, competence, and relatedness that accumulate during the period of striving.

About The Author
Dr. Mayaa SH (Authoress,Women Empowerment Culturist And Social Activist)

Dr Mayaa SH is a powerful Indian authoress and a strong social activist who is best known for the award-winning titles for empowering women and for her involvement in women motivation and her powerful writings on championing the humanitarian causes of eliminating discrimination against women . Mayaa SH also known as Mayaa Devi, Mayaa Tai, Mayaa Di,Mayaa Audio SH, Pushpa ‘The Fire’ , Padma Of The East, Lady Robin Hood , MS Dhoni Of Writing, Lady Karl Marx, Female Chulbul Pandey and Lady Gandhi is a known name in Contemporary Literature .She is a Multi-National Award and State Award Winner , a ten times a World Record Holder, An Artist, a Podcaster, a Record Chart Topping International Fastest Anthology Co-Authoress.
She is a women’s rights defender and an educator and women mentor. Mayaa SH has written extensively on topics that focus on mental health and positive emotion, with a focus on body Positivity . Her work has been recognized by several awards including various non-governmental organizations and charitable institutions and foundations across the country. She is engaged in uplifting women and outreach and dissemination of the science of emotions and mental health for college going students and the broader public, with a recent focus on the mental health crisis sparked after the COVID-19 pandemic.Mayaa SH has been chosen as number 1 The Modern Literary Stars Of India, 2022 by Cherry Book Awards for making valuable contribution to Contemporary Indian Literature. She has Won In Memorable Performance in the category termed as ‘Other than English write ups “ for her appreciation of hard work , creativity and dedication in Grand Christmas Competition 2.0 which has been a world record event of the largest creative event hosted online with more than 1000+participants . Mayaa SH is a Women Empowerment Culturist and a gender equality exponent to position and contextualize her work within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. She has depicted gender inclusivity and equality through her certifications from the United Nations and powerful writings on Feminism, Gender Equality, Transforming Vision Into Action: Transmogrification on Transgender Community and Mental Health Awareness Topics. Her work depicts the identity, economic and social freedom of many .She has co-authored more than hundred and fifty plus anthologies with nine solo books and has been aligned with more than 86 publication houses.She has been featured in several magazines like Nirantar and women oriented like Tejaswi -The Imperishable on Women Power and Honour including few international magazines. Her first poem “The Candle In The Wind” made her win an Award at the National Level. She navigates many women through stress by deploying talking as a medium to combat stress and fear.She is a suicide prevention expert and has saved many lives in the country from suicide.


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