A study of the mental health awareness among the high school children, with special reference to PuthrukkaGramapanchayat Presented by Preejo Joseph C (Post Graduate in Social Work, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences)
Review of litterature Report of WHO show that 154 million people globally suffer from depression and 25 million people from schizophrenia; 91 million people are affected by alcohol use disorders and 15 million by drug use disorders. A recently published WHO report shows that 50 million people suffer from epilepsy and 24 million from Alzheimer and other dementias. One in four patients visiting a health service has at least one mental or behavioural disorder but most of these disorders are neither diagnosed nor treated.
Cont... Barriers to effective treatment of mental illness include lack of recognition of the seriousness of mental illness. Most middle and low-income countries devote less than 1% of their health expenditure to mental health.
Aim of the study The aim of the study is to create mental health awareness among high school children Objectives To assess the awareness regarding mental health among the high school children T measure attitude of high school children towards mentally ill person
Research design The study is a descriptive study that will reveal the mental health awareness among the high school children Sampling Method The researcher used purposive sampling. Universe The high school students of the Puthrukka panchayat.
Major Findings The researcher discovered that 90% of them have not received any inputs on mental health Their ignorance to a great extend has developed a negative attitude towards mentally ill persons The research proved that only 26% of the high school children have knowledge of the commonly found mental illnesses like Depression, Dementia, Learning disorders, etc.
Conclussion The inclusion of the mental health related subjects in the curriculum and awareness classes will make change to the existing scenario A professional counsellor has to be posted in schools to get needed psychological aid to the children in their problems