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The Nation - Novmber 9, 2014

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Let’s help ourselves

By  Kusumanjalee Thilakarathna

We all have things about ourselves we wish we could improve. We all have issues we wish we could resolve. Transitions from adolescence to youth bring out many challenges. You may be struggling with upsetting emotions, scary or unpleasant memories or a sense of constant danger.  And when we don’t see a way we can improve ourselves or to resolve these issues, we get frustrated, sad or depressed. High rates of suicide and self-harm indicate that high levels of psychosocial stress is prevalent amongst Sri Lankan youth. Smoking and alcohol use as well as other substance abuse among youth are also significant.  Violence and sexual abuse are frequent in news. And it is still a taboo to speak about sexual health and gender-identity-related issues openly.

Most of these issues can be helped with proper mental health awareness. Despite the high rates of burning issues, Sri Lanka still lacks awareness on mental health. It’s still a taboo to meet a counselor or a psychologist. People still think twice before they reach out for help of a mental health specialist for the fear of being labeled.  The majority of people, who experience mental health problems can get over them or learn to live with them, especially if they get help early on.Therefore, making awareness can make a change. From next week onwards Free will offer its readers a series of articles on psychological well-being with the help of Dr. Marcel de Roos, mainly focusing on spreading awareness. Articles will discuss common psychological issues Sri Lankan youth face such as depression, suicidal tendencies, stress, anxiety, phobias and many other mental health-related  issues of youth.

Dr. Marcel de Roos said that he is delighted to be of help to The Nation readers with his knowledge about mental health issues common among Sri Lankan youth. “I am delighted to be a part of this article series. I believe that making awareness and information about psychological help will benefit the readers of The Nation,” he said.Marcel de Roos, (PhD) a psychologist from Holland is settled down in Sri Lanka - leaving behind a 25- year- old practice - Central Clinic - in Amsterdam few years back.  He mostly works with youth and adults in helping expatriate issues, marriage counseling, depression, sex-related problems, trauma, stress, anxiety, career advice and social issues. He also helps children with study-related problems or social issues. The aim of this article series, as above mentioned, will be mainly to increase awareness.  Let’s see how we can help ourselves with our untold trouble. Let’s see when to get help and where to get help.  As you already know, mental health is increasingly linked to stress and other lifestyle choices. From next week, Free will help you make better choices, find healthier ways to cope with problems, and resolve mental and emotional issues.


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