MENTAL HEALTH: OVERCOMING THE STIGMA (Silent Musings)

Today as the world loses another gem , who became a victim of depression ; it is time we start addressing these mental illnesses which include not just clinical depression but also disorders like anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, hyperactivity disorders , obsessive compulsive disorders and the list goes on. According to the World Health Organization(WHO), India has the highest suicide rate in South-East Asia. India saw 1.3 lakh suicides in 2018 and it is time we start talking and addressing mental illnesses instead of considering this a taboo. We need to realize that in the initial stages, if taken care of, like any other illness, mental illness is also curable but at the same time we need to realize that mental illnesses are more fatal as compared to physical ailments. While the causes vary from unemployment to academic pressure to post-traumatic stress to lack of company to the centuries long patriarchal culture which suppresses the voice of all the sexes, we need to look around with solicitude and attentiveness. It is time we check up on the ones we love. It is time we rebuke them a little less and hearken them a little more. Sometimes, a simple enquiry of how was your day might save someone’s life. In our country, it is fear which drives a child’s respect for his/her parents. It is high time this fear gets replaced by conviviality; parents need to open up to their children so that their children approach them when in trouble; so that they have a reassurance that someone has got their back. As friends and colleagues people need to be more pragmatic and compassionate towards their fellow beings . We need to assure them that they aren’t alone.We need to realize it’s not sympathy a mentally distressed individual requires and desires, it’s empathy . Sometimes a little checking in on a person could reduce their stress levels up to 55%. Also , we need to realize that being approachable is a quality we should all develop in order to help out our loved ones overcome this grave condition because sometimes “PEOPLE ARE UNABLE TO SPEAK UP”. While it is quite easy for us to say and urge people to speak up about their troubles, it is equally traumatizing and strenuous for such patients to approach someone for their troubles. Thus, as fellow homo sapiens it is our responsibility to keep checking in upon our loved ones and try to observe and scrutinize the slight behavioural changes we notice in them. Most importantly, we should always try and be compassionate considerate and approachable for fellow individuals, only then can we think of rescuing our society from such evils. So let us strive to LISTEN and OBSERVE.

Published by shachi_sinha

An engineer who is making an endeavour to pen down her unsaid emotions and her midnight musings with an effort to connect with all of you out there.

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