It's time to recognize Mental Health
“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we are not alone.”
- Fred Rogers
An American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister.
Mental health! A highly neglected subject which was almost a taboo around the globe for a long time. Then somewhere during the 20th-century people started heeding it. America declared a whole month (May) as mental health awareness month in 1949. Then in 1992, WHO declared 10th October as World mental health day, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts to support it.
But let's talk about our own country. India struggled a very long time to get it's freedom, and soon after that, we started fighting for our identity in the world. We were so busy addressing the issues out in front of our eyes that we didn't even realize we also needed to take care of something inside us. And the result is, many generations are not aware of the psychological issues they struggled with throughout their lives.
With the start of the 21st century, the vulnerability has nothing but increased. Depressions are kicking in at early ages now. Kids are active on social media, they compare, get compared, there are myriad things that can affect their mental health. Is reducing their exposure to the world a solution? No! But monitoring their steps is. Making kids comfortable, so they can share anything with you is probably the best we can do for our kids.
This will put parents in a very tricky position. Any sense of judgment or forced denial will push kids away. So we need to be patient and open minded. The problem set and the solution domain for our generation and for this new generation are very different. That is why it’s for the best that kids seek their own solutions, with help of their parents. We can not stress enough on being a best friend to your kid. At any point of time, kids need someone to talk to. Sometimes they will find it difficult to express but once comfortable enough, they will open up. Be there for them.
Any word limit will be less to write about mental health, so we will keep discussing it from time to time. In the meantime, read about it, understand how one can help. When we get physically hurt, we do the first aid, we seek doctors and follow prescriptions too. Then why when it comes to the brain, we avoid the pain? Why don't we discuss? Why don't we offer help?
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A very beautiful article penned on a very underrated topic of discussion.. Mental illness..