Mental Health: A Taboo But the Need of the Hour

Every year around 19% of adults and 46% of the teenagers suffer from mental illness and not even half of them receive treatment.

What is mental health? Mental health is the behavior and emotional well-being of a human.

A human is bound to have some emotional disturbances in life. The change in emotion is what causes strain to your mental health and that is what causes mental illness. Unlike any illness, this is the one people tend to hide. Not many of us understand what someone might feel or what someone might be going through. Emotions can’t be understood by anyone else but you. It is you who knows what you are feeling like. It is these emotions that cause stress, anxiety, and even depression.

We all have heard about the famous Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s sudden demise. Even though he was famous, talented and was rich but he was depressed. He suffered it all by himself. He even tried to speak about it but in our society mental illness is still a taboo. We often tend to avoid speaking about it thinking what people will say. They will judge us and how will we tell others that I’m on medication for mental illness.

Every year there are thousands of people who suffer from depression, anxiety, stress. And hardly a few get treatment. Even in our family, our family members are scared of sharing these issues with others. In fact, it’s hard for them to accept the fact that someone might have depression. It’s strange we are in 2020 and still find it a taboo to talk about mental health. Year after year the government is trying to spread awareness in order for the society to take mental health seriously.

After the Sushant Singh Rajput suicide case suddenly everyone on social media started raising questions regarding mental health. But for how long is the question. Why such an incident has to happen for society to realize the importance of mental health.

Mental health is similar to one’s physical health. It deserves treatment when needed like any other body part of yours. This is a serious issue that needs to be taken into consideration so that we can make a safe environment where no one will judge others on the basis of mental health. It will promote people to share their feelings and emotions about their mental conditions.

This will not only make our world a better place to live but will also reduce the number of suicide-related to mental health.

In the times of the Covid-19 Pandemic, many of us are having panic attacks, anxiety, and even depression. So the least we can do is to talk to others and help them and support them. Don’t give up on them when they really need you. You might think they are bringing in some negatives to you but stick with them and do not leave them alone because leaving them alone might make their condition worse.

Photo by: Paget Michael Creelman

Mansi Athwani

Student - Lucknow

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