#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2017 : Hold On, please.

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week this year and it’s a great opportunity for people who can use their platforms to spread awareness about how important it is to be aware of your mental health and to get help if you need it, now.

I’m not going to ramble for long because this is a very crucial topic that needs to be talked about- more people than you can even imagine suffer from mental illnesses every year. It’s essential that we, as a community, try our level best to use our voice and this platform- even if it reaches only one person, you have no idea how much of a difference you’re capable of making.

Apparently, about 350 million people, globally suffer from depression. And although more women suffer from depression than men do, it’s the men who are victims of suicide because this stigma is harder on them because of society’s ridiculous gender norms and how men should be masculine and hence, can’t talk about their feelings or emotions.

(Honestly, a prime example of this ‘society’ that talks bullshit is Piers Morgan- his twitter is a disgrace to look at, if you’re sensible)

It’s upsetting that although LOADS of people suffer from mental illnesses, a lot of people still don’t understand it as they’re not educated on the topic. We need to make our mindsets flexible and empathetic. We’ve got to make our compassion real and actually use it to create a positive change.

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Now, if you’re somebody who suffers with a mental illness and can get professional help- GO DO IT. GO GET IT. You’re more privileged than you even know.

If you are someone who can’t get professional help, I can totally understand. Mental health still has a whole lot of stigma attached to it in India and it’s so hard to talk to family, even your own parents. Often, people are called ‘hypochondriacs’ or are told to get over themselves. You need to take care of yourself even if you don’t have a great support system. The internet can potentially save your life and can save you from drowning. The internet can be your best friend if you try hard enough. Honestly, help is just one click away.

I’ll have some helplines (for Indian users) and lots of websites linked (credits to Arya for sending them to me) down below so that you can all check them out. 🙂

Helplines in India-

iCALL: 022 25521111
Vandravela Foundation: 1860 2662345
Lifeline: 033 24637401
Sneha: 044 24640050
Sumaitri: 011 23389090
Parivarthan: 91 7676602602
Sahai: 080 25497777

Websites for getting help (literally welp, geddit?)-

  1. The Quiet Place
  2. The Quiet Place 90 Seconds
  3. The Thoughts Room
  4. The Comfort Spot
  5. The Dawn Room
  6. It Will Be Okay

If you feel like you’re drowning, just remember, there’s always a lifeboat that’ll save you, all you have to do is to reach out. Please don’t lose hope. I’m rooting for you. You are wanted. You are loved. Please remember this.

 

Your mental illness does not define you. You are not weak because you’re struggling, you’re strong because you’re fighting it. Win for you, because you’re worth it. 

The incredible Em has written a beautiful post about how your life is worth it. Please go give it a read, it’ll help- Your life IS worth it.

And now, I’m going to ask two other bloggers on here to use their incredible voices to help people out- Gracie and Aqsa. I know you two will do great job of this, I really hope you’ll do a post each about this because you’ve got a strong platform. All you’ve got to do is write a post, link helplines and websites and choose two other bloggers to do the same. KEEP SHARING. And if you aren’t Gracie and Aqsa, but you still want to do this- you are fabulous and you should definitely do this! Follow the same instructions.

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#breakthestigma ❤

Shruti

 

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