World Mental Health Day is celebrated on 10th of October every year to raise the awareness about mental health issues across the globe. All over the world, it has become an important day for all those seeking progress on mental health issues.
There’s still a lot of stigma attached with mental health specially in South Asian countries and growing up in a society where everyone thinks it’s a shame to be a victim of mental illness while knowing that brain is the most important part of our body. A society where people happily go to hospitals to fix their broken leg but would avoid if its for their mental health.
According to a research, there are 50 million people suffering from mental illness just in Pakistan so you can imagine what will be the case in the whole world. There’s a lot we still have to do in order to just break stigma that surrounds mental health.
I don’t know how many more years it will take to bring a change but I just can’t accept the fact that people still are so ignorant. Bringing change now is so much more important then it was before. Mental illness is the major cause of physical illness as well. Feeling lost while trembling/losing control is so much worse than what you actually see. It’s a battle between mind and body which not everyone can conquer. This is the reason we need to talk about it and make mental illness a normal thing just like physical illness because it is actually normal but how painful it is to know that a person standing next to you is suffering from depression but he would not talk about it just because of the fear of judgment . This is the stigma that is associated with mental illness and this is what we need to break.
Feeling different emotions at the same time is OK or feeling nothing at all is OK. You just need to start accepting yourself and you just need to start taking care of yourself. Just focus on your thought patterns. Be aware of what you are going through and that is possible only if you’ll seek professional help. Go to a psychologist, take therapy, figure yourself out and eventually you will be able to fix your problems. Your mental health matters but most importantly you matter and without peace of mind, you are nothing so in order to be happy and healthy both mentally and physically, monitor your self. Talk with yourself and talk about what you feel. If there is something alarming related to your mental health, this is the right time to talk about it, share it, be more open about it. Nobody will judge you because everyone is fighting a battle that no one knows about and that is dangerous. You can’t fight it on your own, it will become worse. Going to a psychologist will make things easier for you. Just prioritize yourself.
As the world is celebrating “Mental health day” today to raise awareness and break the stigma, this is all I wanted to share. Basically what I wanted to say is, take care of yourself. Take care of your mental health.
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