For World Mental Heath Day last week, Moksha asked:
* The country I live in? – Australia, Down Under, Aussie, Oz.
* An incident that taught you the importance of taking care of your mental health
Recognising that a victim of abuse, or domestic violence, be that of any gender, may be at risk of turning their grief, guilt and intense negative emotions, in on themselves.
This may result in various forms of self-harm, addiction or self-punishment. Such a response can be a way for the sufferer to override or cope with the mental pain, and anguish, they are experiencing. Some descend into depression. Recognising the person is not merely attention-seeking, feeling sorry for themselves, or acting out may help.
Richard Rohr believes,
Sufferers often need support to find ways to channel their energy towards making changes, instead of defaulting to self-destruction.
Excuses like, “we have all done it” are sometimes used by perpetrators of violence against others to justify their behaviour. Such thinking abrogates and surrenders responsibility to luck and is of little help in the rehabilitation of the victim, or the perpetrator.
*Any 2 or 3 ways in which you take care of your mental health?
- Building human relationships can be helpful for various mental health issues. This may especially help those for whom meditation or medications do not sit well. We are, by and large, social beings, even if we are introverted or shy. Often, people want to feel connected and to feel loved.
- For some psychiatric patients, medications don’t help enough without social support. Communities can play a role in giving everyone the attention they deserve. Breaking down the barriers and taboos around mental illness can be incredibly healing and powerful.
- Studies have observed that gentle, caring and kind people are the ones most vulnerable to suffering burnout, depression or anxiety. If you fall into these categories, it can be helpful to be on the lookout to find ways to modulate your kind behaviour to give yourself time out.