Implications of Mental Disorders in Students

This year’s theme for World Mental Health Day, “Making mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority” is more wishful thinking than an achievable goal for the foreseeable future. Observed globally under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO) since 1992, the event has yet to reasonably raise awareness among various mental health stakeholders, especially in poor countries and poor countries. less advanced. Bangladesh is no exception to this general trend, although it is about to enter the club of developing countries unless, of course, the journey is abruptly interrupted by the global recession and the hunger that threaten to upset the achievements laboriously obtained by the United Nations.

There is no doubt that Bangladesh has progressed beyond expectations, much to the astonishment of global research institutes and venture capitalists. At first glance, the development is spectacular, but what escapes notice is the unequal distribution of wealth in society. It would be a mistake not to mention the improvement in the living conditions of the majority of the villagers. Thatched-roof huts are rare in most villages. Well-made houses with tin roofs and even one- and two-story buildings now dot the villages. Urban amenities and services are available in rural areas. Even manual farming has seen an evolution in favor of machines.

All of this should have been cause for euphoria but unfortunately the economic disparities are widening and deepening, leaving the younger generation completely frustrated with the introduction of machinery and tools for cultivation. Those who could not cope with the aggressive societal and economic transformation had to opt for migration to squalid slums in towns and cities and thus become rootless or floating people. Mostly illiterate, this older generation has no chance of educating their children as well. Some of these people are those who sold their real estate in order to send their adult sons and daughters — mostly sons — overseas to be cheated and ruined. But the luckiest have seen their stars rise phenomenally to catapult them to the upper social classes.

General education has not been of particular help in lifting families out of poverty and misery overnight, unless educated young people get jobs in the civil service with dubious sources of income. . But educated young people, because of their access to information and courtesy of the fantasy world presented before them by appealing advertisements to fuel consumerism, yearn for an affluent and luxurious life. In the rat race, however, they are far behind their peers from wealthy and educated families. Unless they are a race from the extraordinary talent pool, they learn the bitter lesson the hard way at every step. A sacred source of mental disorders!

If the existing social and economic discrimination and disparities don’t drive them crazy, they are either hermits or without a backbone to keep them straight. Second-generation children from well-established families rarely feel frustrated as they receive all the support they need to build an enviable career or go abroad for higher education and settle there. A look at the residential area of ​​Dhanmondi tells the story so eloquently. Few of the residents built houses originally and there is no doubt that their future generations have already opted to return to the places of their ancestors.

It is the new generation from weak and vulnerable families who suffer the mental agony of deprivation and some of them get lost in the process, even getting involved in anti-social acts, the extremism and the crimes of the underworld. The rise of teenage gangs in the capital and elsewhere in recent times is an ominous sign for Bangladeshi society. Despair and bravado are the opposite of frustration, discouragement and deprivation.

No wonder, then, that learners from families with strong social roots almost never encounter Jibananadya’s dilemma of whether to call it a day or not in the face of life’s emptiness. In the context of the high theme of World Mental Health Day, if the results of the Anchal Foundation’s survey are placed for analysis, the seriousness of the problem can be realized. Admittedly, the time of the pandemic has been excruciating and students desperate for an opening in the labor market but prevented by Covid-19 have opted for the ultimate act of self-annihilation. No less than 101 university students ended their lives prematurely. This year up to September, 404 students have done so, including 219 students, 84 students, 57 university students and 44 madrasha students.

Although 76% of participants in a survey of 1,640 students said that school pressure had caused them various mental disorders, students seem to have faced the most difficult challenges due to the disruption of teaching in nobody. At such a tender age, they have no one to share their problems with. It is certainly a collective failure on the part of society not to deal with the mental problems of young people.

This is precisely why a suggestion has been made through post-editorials here before schools opened for the appointment of psychologists for educational institutions or, in the absence of such an arrangement, traveling teams of counselors for upazila schools and colleges, who would guide both parents and students to avoid such tragedies. Wasting these promising lives has enormous financial implications. Investments made so far are wasted and families also suffer the consequences, if not go bankrupt. There is a need for a serious review of education, especially at school level. Caring teachers can and should be friends if not philosophers and guides, as the definition of an ideal teacher suggests, to students.

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