If we go by statistics, child abuse and harassment cases in India are surging day by day. From small-town teenagers to urban locality kids, almost all of them are suffering from some or the other kind of mental health issues that need to be confronted soon. But it is very saddening that the elders of the families are not much aware of the fact that their wards are having serious mental health issues. In fact, child harassment cases are not even taken seriously by the respected elders of the family. But this issue needs to be subjected soon or else the situation may worsen.
Child abuse tops the list of mental harassments
Anyway, children are not taken seriously by elders even if they speak something sensible, let alone they will focus if they complain about being mentally harassed. Mostly, in schools and colleges, teenagers are subjected to harassment that might not always be physical or sexual but mental harassment. These Cases of verbal abuse or ragging are not taken seriously by most parents and guardians and in fact, people on the judiciary also tries to find a loophole in the cases without taking the actual crime seriously. This has let the child abuse cases surge in our country which needs to be addressed soon.
How to control the situation
In a recent counseling session conducted in Tamil Nadu that comprised many teenagers, the one thing that was common in everyone was a lack of proper guidance about mental health aspects. Most of them were confused as to what was right for them to do or how they would deal with awkward situations that they faced in their school or regular life. Well, this is due to the fact that proper education is not given to them regarding mental health concerns. The children must be taught about sexual education, mental health awareness, and other related concerns at a school level so that they can deal with it in a better way than now. Also, the parents, teachers, and extended family members must seek proper expert guidance if they find any misleading in their child’s mental health behaviors. It is high time we take mental health seriously!
Not victims but survivors
Basically, the ones who suffer from mental health issues are targeted to be victims of their conditions but they are actually survivors. Not every person can overcome the hurdles of life and the ones who do must not be called victims. Proper counseling and help must be provided to them by both the family members and the judiciary as well. Children must be looked after well by parents and teachers so that they know the condition of their mental health easily.
The Policy Times suggestion
- As much as a person’s physical health is important, his or her mental health also needs equal attention. But in our society, mental health awareness is very low, mostly in small towns. Thus, the government must take the necessary steps to deal with this situation and spread awareness of the same by conducting counseling sessions, educating children, and also guiding parents and teachers to address the issues of their wards.