Depression, as we all know, is a common mental disorder and one of the major reasons for people to commit suicide. Close to 800,000 people take their own life every year. Many suicides happen impulsively in moments of crisis with a breakdown in the ability to deal with life stresses, such as financial problems, relationship break-up or chronic pain and illness. More than that, most people suffer from depression and consider suicide due to the stigma surrounding mental disorders. They are unable to seek help and are therefore not getting the help they need. (Source: WHO)
Today, when the world fights the devastating pandemic COVID-19, there is a massive spike in the patients suffering from mental illness as per a survey conducted by the Indian Psychiatry Society (IPS). The IPS recognises the vital role of emotional health at all stages of the pandemic and in all groups of population. The emotional impact of the behavioural changes, the care of the person experiencing distress and the case of pre-existing mental disorders needs to be addressed.
Surmeet Kaur Arora, an electronics graduate from NIT Bhopal and Former Larsen and Toubro, Chennai employee beautifully highlights how a healthy mind leads to a healthy life.
She says, ‘Lately, people have started talking about mental health and its importance in our lives. I find it really appreciable since we are nothing if not a healthy human being, both mentally and physically.’
She also suggests, ‘here are some ways we can spread positivity amongst these stressful situations and help the people around us:
- If you happen to come across someone who is facing negative thoughts, try to be there for them.
- If you yourself are facing signs of mental stress, try to share as much as you can. You will always find that one person in your life, who will never judge you, no matter what.
- Do not body shame, mock or insult someone, for something that is not in their control, or anything which undermines their confidence. It might be a small thing to you, but can have a huge impact on the sufferer.
- Do what suits you the best, within moral obligations of course, since people tend to be happier when they follow their passion.
- Keep your mental health as your topmost priority.
- Lastly, speaking from my personal experience, don’t let anyone hamper your self-confidence. Make sure to cut all the negativity from your lives, as it is costing you your dignity and your mental peace.’
The world, especially today, needs kindness and positivity. Everyone is going through their own struggles and issues with an added challenge that the pandemic poses. So, be kind to everyone because you never know the other side of the story of an individual. You never know what the person might be feeling or facing and what an unkind gesture might trigger. It takes nothing to be kind. But a lifetime to get over the regret of ‘I might have been able to save him/her only if I had been a little……’.
Extrenal Reference: https://indianpsychiatricsociety.org/
Note: The views expressed by Surmeet are personal as expressed by her in an email conversation. Digital Dialogues holds the right to use the same as authorised by the owner.
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