The world has been transfixed with evolving, human understanding of bodily diseases and illnesses. As the importance to keep people living healthier for longer has been emphasised in medicines, diagnosing and treatments, you can expect to have a long life with a certainty like never before. However, society has now changed and become more complex, and the feeling in many communities, especially in the UK, is that governments both past and present, have swept mental health issues under the rug. It’s the hidden enemy that no one can see in plain sight, the illness that affects our loved ones while we watch them sink into a wretched state, and we can’t stop it. It’s something that truly affects us all at one point in life, but no one wants to talk about it in the public sphere; that is, until now. The recent mood shift in public opinion has been fantastic, and it looks as if finally, mental illness will get a proper platform in debate and a lot more funding in health care. However, there are some thing anyone can do to help and perform in this field. If you want to get involved and help strangers and those you love, there are many avenues to explore.
Educating yourself for loved ones
If you have a loved one at home, who suffers from a mental illness, and you want to make their life happier and a lot easier to live, there is a lot of hope. The first and major step is to educate yourself about the illness are suffering from. You can go to the NHS website to find the particular treatment options for the disease, but the best sources of information are the various and most adept psychology websites. Note down, what the triggers are that might send someone with such as illness into a steep spiral downward. It could be their environment, how other people react to them, speech tones and even daily chores. You stand a better chance of creating surroundings that are easier for them to live in. Patients who have loved ones who are their basic contacts, and possess a knowledge about their mind frame, have been seen to have a reduction in symptoms.
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Children and cognitive skills
Primary school children with mental illnesses are at a stage in their life, where they want to have fun and not worry about life in general. When children are growing, they’re experiencing emotions and situations for the very first time. If you have children or know of children with complex mental health conditions, there are a few principals which you should follow to make their life more enjoyable. Your main focus should be to minimize stress levels. Small children are full of energy, and many other children are oblivious to kids their age and in their classrooms, that suffer from cognitive skills issues.
Problem-solving is among the biggest concerns, the doctors and teachers will have. Children with autism are known to learn at a different pace to other children, but they excel in other departments. They may be less sociable, find it hard to emulate or connect with other children. They might not understand humour, sarcasm and take such conversational points literally. It’s crucial then, to help them to understand speech patterns and tones. If a voice goes up halfway through a sentence and exaggerates a point, you can help them understand the concept of conflating an idea.
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Supporting young adults
Supporting adults and teenagers over 18, is perhaps the biggest challenge healthcare treating mental illness is seeing in the UK and around the world. Often, becoming an adult is very stressful for those suffering from mental disturbances, because they’re going through a time, where they have to live on their own and lead their lives with minimal support. If you want a career change and get more involved with really changing people’s lives who need closer connections with people psychologically, you can find many vacancies in this site: https://www.staffnurse.com/
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Older people and dementia
As we get older, our minds don’t stay as sharp and can even drift from reality over time. Helping someone with dementia is a very important role in keeping them safe as well as in tune with what’s going on around them. You’ll be helping them to retain choice and express their own mind. This is important because they may be feeling trapped, and as if no one understands them. They can easily forget or distort something, which makes them feel as if they may be under attack or that they are lost, both physically and mentally. To practically treat people with diagnosed dementia is a very fulfilling job because you’re making sure they stay whole, as a person.
Give them a choice wherever possible, and ask them what clothes they want to put on in the morning. You allow them to retain their dignity, by giving them a choice of how they want to present themselves to the outside world. However, be a little assertive by not giving them too much choice of clothes, because this might make decision making stressful. Give them privacy and allow them to believe you think they’re trustworthy and competent enough to do very basic tasks as putting on underwear. Encourage independence as much as possible, without risking their health. Allow them to choose what they want to eat, and see if they want to help out in any way. Don’t give them sharp objects like knives, or peelers, but you can give them options to help prepare soft foods like mashing potatoes or cleaning vegetables.
Pets help moods
Dogs and cats have been clinically approved to make those with mental illnesses, feel calmer and more under control of their emotions. Dogs especially can help them around the house. Everything, from giving them their slippers, the newspaper and waking them up on time. They are also a great security animal to have with them at all times because if they injure themselves, fall down or are very stressed, the dog’s barking can alert neighbors or passersby that something isn’t quite right in the home. For mentally ill people, feeling as if they’re by themselves can be very stressful as little things can feel like risks. Yet, with a furry friend, they may not feel as if they’re stuck or frozen in fear because they want to take care of their pet; thus they have to think logically, of giving them dinner on time.
The human mind is perhaps the most beautiful and complex being in the entire universe. It can comprehend stars, moons, galaxies and complex relationships. But, for those who are suffering from degenerative diseases, even the most basic things of daily life seem like a challenge. If you want to make their lives better, it will take a lot of perseverance and learning about their health illnesses. However, being a part of their lives and helping them succeed, is incredibly fulfilling and making a real difference in living standards to them. It will feel like you’re fighting in the trenches, but public mood is shifting, and mental illnesses are getting time in the public sphere.
Do you know of any great support or coping mechanisms?