Oleh Bruman Palete – HR Senior Manager

Build Mental Health

Discussing about World Health Day, mental health—as integral part of human health—is rarely mentioned. According to the WHO, in developing countries there are 4 out of 5 people with mental disorder who don’t get appropriate treatment whereas the opposite may happen on people with physical disorder.

Mental disorder is not just related to most diseases like anxiety disorder, schizophrenia. But according to one article on Psychology Today, it includes mood disorder which disturb work productivity although physically the person with mental disorder is in good health for working.

It seems there is long way to go for developing country like Indonesia where people with mental disorder will be very easy in getting appropriate treatment with full coverage from insurance company, or the culture will get more friendly for mental disorder healing action.

In other side, there are several things to consider, in order to prevent the disorder that is considered taboo. According to Daniel G. Amen, a leading psychiatrist who pioneered brain mapping, normal brain development very much depend on the way we assessing event we experienced daily. More positive thinking will form normal brain development. While on his book, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, he explained that brain that got exposed to negative thoughts will change from normal to unusual form. The change also affects the way brain works; it become more patterned on judgement or thinking negatively. In normal situation, that brain that has changed earlier got less negative impulse, it manipulates his owner to seek problem in order to satisfy his needs on negative things. Daniel Amen emphasized the importance of building positive way of thinking.

One essential challenge for families in digital era, is existential alienation caused by the decreasing in face to face encounter, and increasing in computer mediated encounter. Parents get shocked with the digital media, and children get more reluctant to have face to face encounter. Family’s internal relations of this kind, affects mental health development for children and parent-children relationship. In Amoris Laetitia article, Pope Francis invite all parties to observe experiences and challenges in family living.

In a further elaboration, raised simple examples such as nurturing mutual respect in family is very important in developing the joy of love. The real respect to children, for example, is by having dinner together, or parents themselves—not the maid or driver—taking children to school. The feeling of being appreciated, will be copied by the children and will cultivate many positive attitudes, including develop good mental health.

In our professional work, a path to build better relationship with family can begin with simple step. Participate in building positive working environment will help us finding healthy working environment for our self and people surround us.

Bruman Palete