This article was written exclusively for The European Sting by Mr. Mudasir Umer, a Pakistani medical student, currently in his 4th year at Kyrgyzstan International University ISM. The author is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), a cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this article belong strictly to the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of IFMSA on the subject, nor that of The European Sting.
Mental health is an emotional, psychological and social issue. According to the WHO, 1 in 8 people live with mental health problems. Also in Pakistan, more than 20 million Pakistanis (10% of the country’s population) suffer from mental health problems. It is a pandemic disease, so we must discuss it and also try to eradicate it from the living world through social gathering and draw new policies at national and international level.
The most common causes of mental health crises are child abuse, social isolation and poverty. Most young adults between the ages of 16 and 25 are in mental health crisis because people are going through a social transition and figuring out how they fit in and support the community. Mental health issues are also most commonly seen in hospitalized patients, as patients are not properly cared for by staff and prolonged admission will lead to mental disorders in patients. When these mental problems progress, they lead to suicide.
Every 40 seconds someone commits suicide somewhere in the world. According to Who, more than 700,000 people commit suicide every year and the suicide rate is rising in the Covid 19 pandemic. It is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, so we need to raise awareness at national levels. and internationally. It is also the duty of the government to take active measures against suicidal activities.
Developed country governments talk more about human rights and mental health than underdeveloped countries. They spend almost 0.7% of their GDP compared to underdeveloped countries which spend We can also reduce the suicide attempt by educating the patient and also prohibit excess suicidal way. In developing countries, suicide by firearm and hanging are the most common. In this scenario, the government has made additional efforts against the illegal arms trade. In underdeveloped countries, the most common method of suicide is the weed pill and different agricultural drugs. In this area, the government punishes the culprit. If the government and local people work on the same platform, we can one day eradicate mental health problems.
About the Author
Mudasir Umer is a Pakistani medical student, currently in his 4th year at Kyrgyzstan International University ISM. He got scholarships in school and college. He also received the best performance awards in his college. Now he’s in Rotary International