Mental Health of Secondary School Students in Relation to Their Self-Esteem: A Sample study in Ganjam District, Odisha, India

By mental health we mean the state of cognitive, behavioural, and emotional well-being. Often the psychological disorder is affecting ability to enjoy life. Thus, mental health is all about how one thinks, feels, and behaves towards others in her / his daily life and living. Looking after mental health in right perspective can preserve and enhance a person’s ability to enjoy life. Doing this involves balancing life activities, responsibilities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience. The stress, depression, and anxiety can all affect mental health and disrupt a person’s routine. This paper intends to study the mental health and its relationships with the self-esteem among school students. The objective here is to assess secondary school students’ mental health in relation to their self-esteem and familial environment and to have a comparison between boys and girls. Empirical data have been taken from 200 adolescent school students of Ganjam district, Odisha through cluster sampling. Mental health inventory and self-esteem scale were used for the collection of data. The data have been analysed through SPSS software, using a correlation test and coefficient of Pearson t-test for a significant relationship. It infers that mental health is directly proportional to person’s self-esteem.