Oidermaa, who recently received a state award, has been working on Peaasi.ee for ten years with the goal of raising awareness on mental health issues. The initiative has grown significantly since it was founded in 2009.
“We have a lofty goal that 1 percent of Estonians are the kind of people who know how to provide mental health first aid by the end of next year. Each person has a circle, about 100 people they know, and.” if one of them is someone who can provide first aid and support during difficult times. This can make a significant leap forward in our mental health organization, “Oidermaa said.
She explained that mental health first aid is a set of skills, similar to regular first aid. “You can learn how to listen to another person when they are in a difficult situation. How will I listen so that they actually want to speak and get better,” said Oidermaa.
According to Oidermaa, another ability is that a person is able to assess dangers and recognize when to call the emergency number (112) and when to offer assistance themselves. “These skills also include how to find professional help and how to implement self-help measures.”
A first aid provider would not have to diagnose, but rather determine when people are in need and need support. “It is a critical point in these first aid skills that you must venture to ask. There are occasional signs that are ambiguous, but it is very important that you ask when people have the slightest hint of Give trouble. ” Oidermaa noticed.
“When the deadlines are moved there are long delays or people have short backups – these are signs to look for and consider if first aid should be given,” she added.
Peaasi.ee has also started advocating for “Mental Health Vitamins,” which try to promote the little things everyone can look out for to help maintain and strengthen mental health. “You can make these mental health vitamins yourself – they are communication, balanced eating, sleep and rest, and they bring pleasant emotions and exercise,” said Oidermaa.
“When you consume these five vitamins I would hope that spring through summer will make it a little easier to manage. They are very basic things, but they are the foundation that is scientifically proven and trusted,” she continued.
These vitamins would also help manage the mental exhaustion caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “Exhaustion comes from the uncertainty and ignorance of what is going to happen. So it is good to establish some routines that we can control ourselves and do something good for ourselves,” said the psychologist.
Loneliness can also cause mental health problems. Oidermaa said people should first take better care of themselves, be kinder and nicer to themselves. “The feeling of loneliness can be helped with empathy, thinking about how others are doing and how millions of people are feeling lonely right now, and thinking about what I can do for someone else,” she explained.
Only super people are brimming with mental health
What does a person with excellent mental health look like? Oidermaa said it was defined by coping with everyday things and productivity. It is someone who can recognize their talents, manage their everyday tensions, be productive and give something back. “It’s the definition of mental health, but we can even have moments on a day when our mental health might be good and then a moment when we don’t even get 50 percent of that goal,” she said.
“There is no need to go further with this definition. However, people have greater difficulty dealing with these everyday tensions and when stress builds up in our lives it translates into the most normal mental health problems such as depression and various anxiety disorders,” Oidermaa explained .
She admitted that it feels like mental health issues are growing all the time, and there is likely something in the area that is causing this. “It’s hard to put a finger on it right now, but when it comes to science and mental health research, the Estonian Genome Project (Geenivaramu) is about to start a study to collect mental health data. I recommend people to go, maybe then we can find out why that is, “said Oidermaa.
Both young and old are susceptible to mental health problems. “It is understandable too. As you get older, you may experience certain losses, such as your health, your perception of yourself as a young, healthy and active person. Loss of work, family or friends. This can lead to Despair lead, “she remarked.
“Studies say the same thing, there are a number of people who don’t get depressed as they get older, who are more content and happier with life than young people. There is probably a crossroads where life can be steered in the right direction.” she explained.
The key to going in the right direction could be managing losses, that is, how people deal with disappointments and failures and where they lose something that is important to them. “The people who go through this at a young age are happy. They have an opportunity to deal with such disappointments. When your first loss is in retirement and you lose colleagues and everyday activities, and when this is your first big loss, you can it can be difficult to deal with. ” “Explained Oidermaa.
Estonian mental health has gaps
The World Health Organization (WHO) has set up a pyramid of mental health assistance, which is also an example for Estonia and indicates where mental health in the country should be. At the base of the pyramid are self-help skills, to which Estonia should contribute most.
“They are the same vitamins. These should be the main focus. Community support, such as a folk dance group, and first aid for mental health – the feeling of social cohesion – should come next,” Oidermaa said.
“Next comes official and formal community services, first-level help like general practitioners, and only then outpatient and inpatient psychiatric care. Currently, however, more is expected from the top of this pyramid. There are too many holes in the bottom,” she noted.
In Estonia there is a lack of psychologists and psychiatrists and the queues are so long that people can often no longer wait for help. “I would still recommend getting in line and doing the basics while waiting – self help, accepting support from others, reaching out to Peaasi.ee and our advisors to do something about this time in a useful time to fill way, “said the psychologist.
Another problem is the avoidance of government support for clinical psychology in recent years. “It is high time this changed. It is not too resource-intensive, but there have been cases where master’s degrees in clinical psychology do not take paid employment but pay for internships themselves. That seems absurd,” noted Oidermaa.
“I sincerely hope that funding for a year of employment remains in place because of the lack of psychologists. For so many years we’ve talked about it and explained why we need it. Now we have it for a year, but I don’t dare to hope so. ” Politicians have not viewed mental health as an issue that is sexy enough. It has been said that it is not about pensions or national security – it does not earn votes, “Oidermaa admonished.
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