Are you ready to accept the learning disability issue of your child as a mental health problem?

    ‘‘Why should I take my son of five to a psychiatrist? How you dare to say this that my son has some mental disorder? You are just a teacher in this school, and we people pay you enough to work harder to teach our children. My four children secured A grade every year, but now the system of the school has been changed. The old teachers were quite good and honest with their profession. Now instead accepting the failure of unlearnt staff of your school, being a teacher of primary classes you are blaming the mental status of my son. If he failed in your school, I will admit him in some more competent school with highly educated staff ’’
    After listening these embarrassing words teacher apologized the mother of a student who for the third time failed in grade three. After seven years today that student is out of school on a grocery shop and is working with his father without completing his primary level of education. So in this way problem of mental health is dealt in our society.

    According to a report of World Health Organization, one in four people in the world suffer from mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives

    Experiencing low range condition such as depression may be normal , but allowing the illness to contradict with your daily routine and restraining the good future is not normal at all. If the parents in our society accept that a child can be depress or suffer from some mental condition, their children performance can be improved. There are certain learning disabilities every human being have, that’s why we see a diverse labour division in the world. Some people are very good in operating machines, but they are not good at literature and art, same it is for students as well. If a patient is diagnosed correctly, advised the required medicines, it is evident that the patient will be cured. Same is when a student has some learning disability, a psychiatrist diagnosed his or her targeted disorder, and he or she is provided required therapies and their learning disability disorder get fixed. Our society need to grow up to dealt with mental health issues in the way they need to be. After all it’s a sort of illness not a sin.

    Masooma Khan
    Masooma Khan is graduate of Peace & Conflict studies, University of Peshawar. She advocates for children mental health rights and awarness.

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