Student Life

Mental Wellness

Mental wellness is a state of well-being in which the individual is able to use his cognitive and emotional abilities, function in society and meet the demands of everyday life. Studies have shown that 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness sometime in their life. However, you can be free from mental disorders if you have Mental Wellness.

One way to keep mentally healthy is to watch out for symptoms. Common symptoms in mental disorders include:

  • Depression that lasts more than a few weeks
  • Confused thoughts, delusions and or hallucinations
  • Extreme fears or anxiety that seem “out of proportion” to circumstances or events
  • Lack of motivation for a prolonged period of time
  • Persistent feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
  • Loss of interest in activities previously enjoyed
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Difficulty concentrating and/or sudden irritability
  • Disruption to usual sleep patterns
  • Talk or thoughts of suicide

While it might not be easy to talk about some of these issues, the sooner help is sought, the better it will be.
If you are concerned about your friend or if you personally feel overwhelmed by stress or anxiety, you are not alone. We have trained professionals to help. We encourage you to approach a counsellor at SIM GE or consult a doctor/general practitioner.

Some tips to maintain mental wellness:

  • Set aside time for breaks to relax everyday
  • Recognise and manage negative thoughts
  • Set priorities
  • Strive to attain wellness in the other dimensions – physical, emotional, mental and social
  • Be part of a social support group – family or friends