“Remember, not feeling bad is not the same as feeling good”

The overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health. It was first celebrated in 1992, at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. With World Mental Health Day approaching, here are things that we tend to forget.

Mental Health is crucial to a person’s well being and behavior, and when we tend to ignore that, it hampers one’s behavior and functioning. Changes in mental health tendencies can affect a person’s output and potentially damage their quality of life. Educational and official institutions would have been more successful and humane, if they could give leaves for mental health emergencies.

While medicines and anti-depressants can help to raise the ‘happy hormone’ Serotonin in one’s brain, sound mental health demands understanding, active listening and talking out of the concerning issues. It is likely to miss out on these demands in the present fastrack life, but we must remember that there is an extremely thin line between sanity and breakdown.

Research indicates that women are twenty to forty percent more likely to struggle with mental ill health than men. Perhaps, it’s time to look outwards and consider the stress associated with women’s social roles. As we celebrate International Mental Health  Day, perhaps it’s time for women to remember that behind each societal role fulfilled there is an individual with thoughts, feelings, motivations and mental health that shouldn’t be ignored.

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