Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.
Alarmingly, however, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age.
Just stop for a minute to consider the above research by a professional mental health body in relation to 21st Century children – our children.
Fortunately or unfortunately as the case may be, my generation is one in which children went out to play in the morning and came back in the evening, too exhausted to think about being depressed. Don’t misunderstand me, my family were poor working class with my clothes always second-hand & discipline dished out where necessary. But in terms of mental health, it wasn’t even an issue growing up and I certainly don’t recall any of my childhood friends having mental health problems, the way children do now. So I find myself asking ‘what’s wrong with the world today?’ Could it be the advanced levels of technology we now have? where virtual friends are many and real face-to-face conversations practically non-existent? Or could it be, because children no longer need to use their mind to do anything? Let’s face it, with online spellchecking & auto correcting, online calculators
What is MIND? Where is it located? And why does it cause so many problems? I don’t know about you, but I love blogging. Seeing what others write about & what interests them. Yesterday I came across a blog that really got me thinking more about the mind.
Psychologists, Therapists & Psychiatrists all concerned with mental health, refer to the mind as often being disturbed or out of balance etc. Of course that’s their profession – to better understand the mind and treat mental health problems. Yet, if the most skilled surgeon on the planet disected our body (including the brain) I guarantee he/she wouldn’t locate anything resembling mind. Naturally they’d be able to locate the brain because its tangible, but they’d never locate what’s known as mind. On the other hand, we in the West take shed loads of prescribed medication to balance the mind So I guess today’s dilemma is this….
How do you personally define the mind & if it can’t be located anywhere in the body, how can it be responsible for so many mental health problems?
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There’s always light, but sometimes you have to surrender yourself to it.
Im sure lots of my readers will identify with what I’m about to say. Recently life’s been like a giant rollercoaster of stress, anxiety & people piling on more. My partner must be the unluckiest guy in the world, wherever there’s a problem it’ll find him, and in life we carry each other but it’s worn me down. All this pressure has taken its toll on my physical & mental health and I’d reached a point of disconnection from myself & Spirituality. Spirituality is a huge part of my life as a Buddhist and so is meditation but something was lost, I was lost. It was 2 nights ago, in tears I rang a very close and wise friend who gave me the best advice I’ve ever had.
Tonight she said, go into your prayer room – make up a bed on the floor and sleep there, amongst the Buddha statues, pictures of HH The Dalai Lama & your teacher, and give yourself up to them. Don’t ask them for help, this isn’t their mess to clean up. Just give yourself up to their power.
Even with a strong faith, and the greatest respect for my lovely friend, my mind was still racing at 100mph. The likelihood of me getting any sleep whatsoever at this
There’s an old Lancashire saying “There’s Nowt Stranger than Folk” and it’s true. If we go to the fridge and there’s enough food, we don’t go and buy more. If we’ve eaten a hearty meal, we don’t just eat another, so why do we spend vast amounts of money for someone to solve problems we already have the answers to? It’s a complex question, but often it’s more difficult to look internally than externally – why? Because looking inwardly can reveal things about us we’d rather not admit or face. We live and work on automatic pilot, often jeopardising our own health – anything but face our problems head on. Then when our body grinds to a halt & our mental health suffers, we seek out therapy. The mind is a powerful tool, when relaxed it can help us rationalise and make sense of things in a way we can’t do when it’s busy. This is why meditation is key to our mental & physical wellbeing.
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