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Breaking Mental Health Stigma – Let’s Talk!

A person needs to express his feelings whether he is jubilant or in a state of despair. Talking about our feelings can help us stay in good mental health and deal with the difficult times when we feel anxious. It is important to share our thoughts and feelings with our loved ones and even shed a tear (if needed) as it is a sign of strength rather than weakness and helps us take charge of our wellbeing. Sharing our troubles is an adaptive coping mechanism that can protect us against anxiety, depression, and feelings of isolation. Simply being heard can help us feel more supported and less alone. And it has the power to work in both directions. If we try opening up it might inspire others to follow our lead. We never really know how much people around us need a “release”.  

 

These days, heart-to-heart conversations have become such a rarity. People avoid talking to each other or expressing their emotions for the fear of being judged, rejected, or labelled. That’s why so many people have bottled up their emotions under the veil of being “ok”.

 

With these issues becoming increasingly prevalent, it’s imperative that we move mental health to the forefront of conversation topics and have transparent discussions about how we are truly feeling. It’s time we stress the importance of effectively communicating the negative thoughts and feelings that many people face.

 

Why it’s important to talk about Mental Health?
 

The importance of talking about mental health cannot be overstressed. It's high time we spread awareness about mental health, help people understand the benefits of talking about mental health and encourage people to talk openly about mental health.

 

  • *Ending the Stigma: By initiating the dialogue and discussing mental illnesses on a regular basis, we as a ‘society’ will move towards debunking the myths about this topic and remove the stigma related to mental health
  • *Soaring Mental Health Issues: The number of cases of mental illness have been on the rise in the recent past. As more people succumb to these issues, it gains more acceptance, people realize that they are not alone, and talking about mental health becomes normalized
  • *Reducing suicide rates by encouraging treatment: By far the most important reason why we should talk about Mental Health. As mental health discussion is considered a taboo, many people are denied the treatment that they need. As a result, their mental health condition worsens, and they commit suicide.

 

So, let’s take pledge to take care of each other’s mental health as much as we take care of our own physical health.

 

Break the silence and uproot the stigma – Let’s Talk!