The importance of mental health can be understood from the fact that science is yet to create a computer as powerful as the human brain. The human brain can think, feel, sense and take decisions simultaneously. The entire process involves a very close and delicate balance of hormones.
The slightest reduction in supply of oxygen to the baby during birth or physical trauma to the brain can lead to long term mental consequences. The brain is a central processing unit that controls all sensory organs. In such a scenario, it would be foolish to presume that a specific drug will help you regulate the functioning of the brain without any side effect whatsoever.
How does this realization help you take care of your mental health better? For starters, stop thinking that you can pop a peel or do a specific task and enjoy improvement in mental health. That is not how it works. You will have to be holistic about the entire matter.
A person who is surrounded by beautiful things, healthy food and who leads a healthy lifestyle will automatically enjoy good mental health. However, a person who lacks mental discipline and who ignores the power of the mind will automatically face mental problems even if he or she is surrounded by positive things at all times.
Secondly, do not underestimate the importance of family and social contacts. Sociologists and psychiatrists are worried about the impact of internet and virtual communications simply because it is reducing instances of personal communication. The importance of such interactions can be assessed only when one sees the harmful effects of absence of such communication in people.
Recently, a 43 year old lady was imprisoned for ignoring her child simply because she wanted to continue playing a Facebook game. The child drowned in the bathtub simply because it was ignored. Would you not call this a sign of mental ill health?