The Mentally Healthy Family

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WHAT MAKES A FAMILY?

At a basic level, a traditional family consists of a father, mother and children. An extended family may include grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. In a well-functioning family, each has a vital role and contributes to the well being of the family as a whole.

In today’s modern society, there are other types of families other than the traditional family unit. These include – single parent families, step-parent families and foster families. The common factor in all these families is that they comprise of people with a commitment to share their lives with one another.

WHY VALUE GOOD FAMILY MENTAL HEALTH?

Families and kinship are the single most important aspects of a healthy society. Healthy individuals who contribute towards a healthy society come from healthy families.

WHAT MAKES A FAMILY MENTALLY HEALTHY?

  • Family members who respect one another
  • Family members who spend quality time together e.g. at meals, watching TV, playing games.
  • Family members who take time to listen to one another,
  • Family members who can talk about their problems, hopes and fears with one another.
  • The family who can respect the need for individual time and activities
  • Family members who are cohesive, fair and tolerant.
  • Family members who understand one another’s social needs and enjoy a positive social life.
  • The family who has a balanced sense of protectiveness towards its members.

TIPS FOR IMPROVING YOUR FAMILY’S MENTAL HEALTH

  • Accept that NO family is perfect – do not compare your family with an inaginary ideal. When there are problems, start working on ways to solve them.
  • Be honest – learn to say how you feel without hurting others.
  • Praise one another for good things instead of blaming for the bad.
  • Respect each other’s right privacy.
  • Be sensitive to one another’s needs, feelings and rights.
  • Divide household tasks and chores so that everyone feels satisfied and appreciated.
  • Do not abuse one another physically, sexually or verbally.
  • Have realistic expectations of one another.
  • Be loyal and faithful to one another.
  • Do not be afraid to ask for help