One needs to emphasize the importance of mental health just like any other illness. Favoritism, much like stardust, runs in our veins and double standards are our middle names. We need to talk about the partiality that is rooted within our cultural & social fabric that we hardly realize its existence. Talk about the stigma associated with mental illness & penchant for brushing the dynamics of psychological health under the carpet.
Talk about how we have been preaching about the significance of good physical health for decades. But hardly even acknowledge the prevalence of psychological illnesses in our society. A seven-year-old knows the importance of covering up a wound when he falls from his bicycle. But a twenty, even forty years old doesn’t know who to turn to when he is depressed.
Why are we brought up in a system where we can express our physical health as openly as one can think of but we can’t say a word about mental illness? Why we do not encourage others to seek professional help for their emotional pain? But recommend going to the best nephrologist or rheumatologist when need be? It’s so ironic to see people chanting:
According to the statistics published by the WHO (World Health Organization), 1 in 4 people in the world will be affected by mental disorders at some point in their lives. Around 450M people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide. Furthermore, more than 40% of countries have no mental health policy and over 30% have no mental health program. While around 25% of countries have no mental health legislation. Stats prove 1 thing: the prevalence of mental health is not matched by the size & effectiveness of the response it receives.
Brush our teeth twice a day to maintain good dental hygiene. But most of us don’t have any idea how to identify the emotional hurt, let alone fight them. Contrary to that, how often do we abrade knife against our injuries to see how deep the cut can go? The reason is simple, we know how to look after physical wounds but our psychological injuries often remain unnoticed.
It is time we as a society, as a global community, & most importantly as individuals stand up against the stigma associated with mental illness. It’s time we embrace emotional vulnerabilities instead of not acknowledging the existence. Because how are you to fight something if you don’t even consider it real?
Don’t dream of fairylands or Disney-worlds anymore but rather a place where you can take off from work. When you don’t feel well instead of calling in physically sick as an excuse. Because the world is more open to your mental health. Hope for a world where we lift each other & care for each other’s mental stability like we stick with our loved ones when they are fighting a disease harming them physically.
Let’s hope for a world like the world of flawed yet beautiful & real human beings than the current dungeon of pretentious beings seeking validation from others who happen to be just as miserable as themselves. Hope together for a world where we don’t discriminate between physical and mental health issues. Let’s hope against hope and let’s work together to make it our reality someday; perhaps a day not too far from today.
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