The World Health Organization has predicted that one out of every four people in the world will need psychiatric treatment for some reason or the other. We are constantly struggling to find out how to stay mentally stable and how to keep our minds calm, happy, cheerful and motivated to achieve goals. Because this is a new mind in a new world.
– Dr Rajendra Barve, Psychiatrist
The world is currently going through an extremely challenging situation. In the last 25 to 30 years, a lot of transformation has taken place in the social, economic, practical and psychological conditions of the people. The impact on the mental condition has been the worst. This disturbed state of mind is called ‘VUCA’, a word that can be expanded as Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous.
The ‘V’ stands for ‘Volatile’. This means any situation can become explosive. We are constantly experiencing this in society.
The second letter ‘U’ stands for ‘Uncertain’. Everything around us is vague. We cannot say exactly what happened or where and how it happened. This means the explosiveness is also uncertain.
The third word is ‘Complex’. Its initial letter is ‘C’. The Marathi meaning of ‘complex’ is ‘extremely complicated’. Today, the world is coming closer and different worlds are also mixing. We can feel that due to the constantly active social media, the world is coming too close for our comfort. We cannot say how exactly an incident taking place in the world or the situation developed in society will impact our mental state.
The last word is ‘Ambiguous’. This means we are not able to take any decision. We do not understand exactly what should be done and when. This directly affects our decision-making ability.
All these are called ‘VUCA’ situations.
The Corona impact
When the world was in a state of ‘VUCA’, the Corona outbreak happened. Corona put a break in public relations, ease of contact and communication. The situation during the Corona pandemic was so bad that people almost forgot that there used to be a world where people could easily talk to each other and meet. Post Corona, people are wondering how they can talk to others once again, contact them, establish better relations with each other and build trust among people for themselves. We can see these uncertainties all around us, in families, offices and in businesses too. Children have to relearn how to go to school and study. Employees have got used to working from home. They have to learn how to go to the office and work. Questions like ‘Why can’t we work from home?’, ‘Why do we need to go to the office for work?’ are cropping up. All these questions have disturbed our minds.
The World Health Organization has predicted that one out of every four people in the world will need psychiatric treatment for some reason or the other. We are constantly struggling to find out how to stay mentally stable and how to keep our minds calm, happy, cheerful and motivated to achieve goals. Because this is a new mind in a new world. If we do not understand now how the mind will work and behave in the future, we wouldn’t even know when we would fall victim to mental anxiety and depression. We need to consider this in great depth and take proper steps in that direction. This is the purpose of the ‘Swasthyam’ initiative being held.