People often stigmatize Mental Health as some sort of a Psychological Disorder. World Health Organization (WHO) states that, "Mental health is a state of wellbeing in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope up with normal stresses of life, can work productively, and is able to make contribution to his or her community". Simply it refers to cognitive, behavioural and emotional well-being. In 2019, WHO tweeted that every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide.
Dr Shweta Sharma, clinical psychologist of Columbia Asia Hospital quoted "6.5 percent of the Indian population suffers from some form of serious mental disorder."
Mental illness affects 19% of adults, 46% of teenagers and 13% of children each year as surveyed by Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.
Taboos attached to mental health are quite quotidian in our society. Having psychogenic issues are eyeballed as "abnormal" or "bizarre". Judgmental labeling and tendency to suppress such disorders sooner or later leads to woeful and terrible life. Stigma against mental health is still prevailing, predominantly because of prejudices and inadequate education. People struggling with psychosomatic illness are portrayed as a blemish on the face of the society. Such stigma proves to be an overpowering barrier in the process of recovery and towards a healthy, happy life.
There lies no ignominy to accept if you or a person you’re familiar with might not be in a healthy mental state. Instead it's best to accept your own drawbacks of shortcomings, and finding inner repository of endurance and composure. It starts with accepting oneself.
Contrary to physical illness, mental health complications do not have a tell-tale forewarning but rather minuscule hints which are needed to be perceived cautiously and assessed with empathy. The key to decipher such signs is to stay alert and observant.
Some people may show physical symptoms which are opposite to their usual behaviour but in most of the cases, what lies behind a calm exterior could be devastating.
The hour's need is thorough communication. Emptying your grief and other emotions to someone is a critical factor. The more a person opens up, the lesser they feel that they are clogged down by the weight of their own failure, frustrations and dejection. It's one of the best coping mechanisms. There is no loss of face while approaching a psychologist or psychiatrist. They are of great help in dealing with one's emotion.
Showing individual respect and acceptance eliminates obstacles for someone wrestling with psychological issues. Learning more about mental health allows to provide useful support to those battling from and their families.
We hope to have successfully created awareness on mental health and wish the ones who are reading this would be a little observant of their friends and family, and also seek out for help without being embarrassed if they feel burdened.
Remember you are not in this fight alone.
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