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November 13 , 2009

Mental Health at the Work Place


The World Health Organization (WHO), in 1948, defined HEALTH, as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
The modern man, and especially the urban professional, is at crossroads in an effort to balance the needs of a hectic modern world and health needs. The result is that he or she is under immense pressure to deliver which results in stress related challenges. These challenges may even be transformed into physical disorders, the so called, psycho-somatic diseases, which include, high blood pressure, asthma, skin conditions, peptic ulceration, stroke, and a host of other diseases.
Maintaining a good balance and sanity in life is therefore a big challenge.
This book seeks to give the lay person or paramedical, the basics of mental health dynamics and hence allow the person an opportunity to shape his or her own destiny in a very competitive world. The book is informed by the dictum , that, ” knowledge is power !”The good book talks of, “ my people perish for lack of knowledge! “ proverbs 4;6. Our legal friends would tell you that, “ignorance is no defense!”
We seek to provide crucial knowledge or information, if you like, that if applied can lead to a better mental health and health in general. One would not only manage his or her own mental health, but they will be able to impart the same to those under their charge at the workplace or school. This information will allow early detection of stress related conditions and hence result in correct and timely health seeking behavior.
It should be stated from the outset that, this information is not exhaustive and one would need to read further around the various topics of interest to get more details.
Our lifestyles must be geared to achieving perfect mental health and strength. A lot about a alcohol and drugs abuse has been written and its upon the reader to make informed decisions. Some, “ social drugs” like khat (Kenya) or coca (South America) which has been used in communities for years, pose special challenges to governments. Even alcohol and tobacco falls under this category. Only very clear information on these drugs can mitigate against their abuse.
Managers and teachers will do well to understand their workers and students and hence be able to mitigate any uncalled for scenarios without victimizing the culprits. For example a depressed student or worker will have poor performance, which may lead to expulsion from school or work. A knowledgeable teacher or manager will instead seek therapy for the same. A parent may mistreat their poorly performing children who may be suffering from an emotional disorder or a neurological disease (epilepsy)
You have in your hands a handbook that will help you navigate this stressful world and also help others under you.
I wish you pleasant reading indeed and total health, physical, mental, social and spiritually! One would add, also, environmentally!

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