Mental health is defined as the state of psychological well being and an absence of mental illness. Mental health is equally as important as physical health. Mental health problems are recorded to be the most common causes of disability. In Zimbabwe 3 million people each year are said to have mental health problems. Globally, 450 million people have mental health problems that means one in every four people is currently suffering from mental health problems.
What causes mental health problems one may ask? One of the main causes of mental health problems is lack of integrity. Integrity is defined as a state of being honest and showing an uncompromising adherence to strong moral, ethical principles and values. A person with integrity stays true to his values, is upright and consistent in his ways. Having integrity gives one peace of mind. Lack of integrity causes one to steal, lie, cheat and act in suspicious ways. If ones does these things he constantly stays in fear of being known and tries to cover up all his tracks, he tends to feel guilty, lose concentration, lose sleep and have low self-esteem.
If these transgressions proceed over time they lead to serious mental health problems resulting in death. Therefore, integrity is the foundation of good mental health. Staying true to your principles has more advantages than meets the eye, it can literally save lives.
By Zvikomborero Claire Duri