” Your mental health is a priority”
With “World Mental Health Day,” right around the corner, I think it’s time we open up about our Mental Health Issues.
WHO (World Health Organization) has announced the theme for this year would be “Suicide Prevention.”
According to the research done by WHO, there is an alarming 30% increase in suicide rates in the past ten years. And for every 40 seconds, someone commits suicide, and most of them are under the age of 45.
So, what are the reasons for suicide?
According to Dr. Hansal Bhachech, a renowned Psychiatrist- Stress, depression and other mental illness are the main reason for suicides. Dr Hansal Bhachech also published about 15 books about mental health, relationships, and alcohol & drug addiction. He is also a member of Mental Health Authority of Gujarat. He is also listed as top Psychiatrist in Gujarat by Threebestrated, a Multi-national Ranking Website which follows a 50-Point Inspection process to list out the best in every field.
Unfortunately, our society is still not open to the idea of talking about our mental illness, mostly because people confuse depression sadness and tell them to get out it and cheer up.
The thing is one cannot simply “get out” of depression. Depression is an illness, and just like any other physical illness, depression needs medical attention too.
The millennials (ages 22 – 37) can easily be considered as the most stressed generation. Financial concern is the main reason for their stress. And they work overtime to make up for it which in turn, stresses them more.
Another main reason for stress is “Social Media.”
“Staying away from negative news and negative people also helps a lot. These days, youth, especially need to remain socially active, not on social but connecting with people virtually. In older days, these incidents were quite less as loneliness was not there,” says Dr. Hansal Bhachech, the best-rated Psychiatrist of Gujarat.
Most of us are in almost two social media platforms where we are constantly checking and comparing our lives with people we see on social media. It also makes us sleep-deprived which affects both our physical and mental health.
Other than stress and depression, domestic violence, lack of social support, and bullying also triggers suicidal thoughts.
How to find out if your friend or loved ones are having suicidal thoughts?
- Having a long episode of depression,
- Constantly talking about death,
- Mood swings,
- Isolating themselves,
- Giving away their possessions, and so on.
How to help them?
- Most of us think people who constantly talk about killing themselves won’t do it. But the truth is, they are in fact, serious. Them talking about death is a way of them reaching out to you. So, if anyone talks about suicide, listen to them and be supportive.
- Encourage openly talking about mental illness.
- Understand that mental illness is not a choice and it’s definitely not a weakness. In fact, opening up about depression and other mental issues requires a lot of courage.
- If you think you your help isn’t enough, then seek help from a Psychiatrist. Therapy and medication can make a big difference in helping someone get out of depression.
“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candour, and more unashamed conversations.”Glenn Close.
So, this “Mental Health Day,” let’s normalize having conversations about our mental health and reach out to people in need.