The Roles of Counseling towards Promoting Women’s Mental Health

International Journal of Research and Innovation in Social Science (IJRISS) | Volume II, Issue X, October 2018 | ISSN 2454–6186

The Roles of Counseling towards Promoting Women’s Mental Health

Buhari Lawal1, Lawali Bello2

1Primary Education Board, Sokoto, Nigeria
2Teachers Service Board, Sokoto, Nigeria

Abstract:-This paper highlights generally on the gigantic roles that counseling can play toward the promotion of good mental health of women. The paper specifically pointed out the common mental health issues experiencing by nowadays women as well as the factors affecting women’s mental health which are the causative elements of mental illness. The paper also examined the important of effective counseling as decisive intervention for the treatment of mental illness as well as the techniques for preventive measures on women’s mental health. The authors finally recommends the intervention of government, non-governmental organizations and other donor agencies to actively play a gigantic role in the creation, co-ordination, organizing, supervision and funding of strong organization that will render a comprehensive and intensive services particularly for women’s mental health.

Keywords: Roles, Counseling, Women’s Mental, and Health.

I. INTRODUCTION

Human being is combination of physical and mental states under which one is ultimately inter-dependent with one another. In this paper our main concern is how the counseling can be a helping hand in the promotion of good mental health of women. It is pertinent to know that maintaining good mental health is crucial to living a long and healthy life. Good mental health can enhance one’s life, while poor mental health can prevent someone from living an enriching life.
The World Health Organization cites that women are two times more likely than men to develop certain mental health conditions like depression, eating disorders, and panic disorders. Women are often most likely to suffer from certain mental illnesses due to some factors like biological, social and socio-economic factors that contribute to jeopardizing of their mental health.
Counseling in this context is a vital means of helping individual to understand and use wisely the different therapeutic techniques to cope with difficult life events and help them to adjust and manage mental health problems. According to Smith and weikel (1996) mental health Counseling is a process of working with individual, couples, families and groups to address and treat emotional and mental disorders and to promote mental health.

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