We Need To Talk!

Mental illness is a serious issue. It’s a disease that no one is willing to talk about. Unlike physical health, no one takes mental health seriously.

World Mental Health Day is one of the only times people consider mental health. Many survivors come forward and talk about their struggles, how they overcame them. But does it help anyone? The answer is yes, it does. It really helps people when we’re willing to hear them out. A day or two may not be enough, but for now it’s all we have.

Why come forward only on a day dedicated to it? Or when things take a turn for the worse? If mental health is treated like every other deadly illness out there, people would seek help a lot more. Many of which assume that no one is willing to listen, that no one cares. But it’s the exact opposite. There are people willing to listen, people who care and people who wouldn’t want to lose their loved ones. This mental health day, let’s try to normalize mental health and urge everyone to try and help a person out. It’s not wrong to feel alone, scared, helpless, etc. We all at some point feel this way. But it’s wrong if we don’t try and get out of it. Or help someone get out of it. Talk to your loved ones or seek professional help. Listen to those in need and don’t put them down or ridicule them. It only takes so little to push them off the edge.

I want to let my readers know that feeling this way doesn’t make you weak. It only makes you stronger. Giving up is not an option, it never should be.

If you or someone you know needs help, please call the numbers below:

Lifeline Foundation
Hotline: +91 33 2474 4704
Hotline: +91 33 2474 5886
Hotline: 2474 5255

AASRA
Hotline: +91 22 2754 6669

ROSHNI
Hotline: +91 40 7904646

Saath
Hotline: +91 79 2630 5544
Hotline: +91 79 2630 0222

The Samaritans Sahara
Hotline: +91-22-2307 3451

If you’re outside India, please visit IASP  or Suicide.org.


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