How many of us can say that we are in the best of mental health?
It was only last week that we came across news of a Japanese woman having died in 2013 because she was heavily overworked.
It was only last month that we came across news of a woman throwing her 8-year-old from the top of a building, twice. The child succumbed to her injuries, The mother was believed to have been ‘unstable’.
It was only last year that a TV actress, in her twenties, killed herself by hanging to death.
It isn’t a coincidence that all of them are women. It is an established fact that women are among the most vulnerable when it comes to mental well-being. As for us Indian women, we are already so used to neglecting our own physical health that mental health does not even feature on our list.
We are expected to (not just by the world at large, but even by our own selves) to be in the best frame of mind to bear a child, raise a child and run a family. But what we shoudl do to ensure that we stay in that frame of mind is a grey area.
While we go about our lives as ‘superwomen’, it is important for us to understand that we are human too. And it is ok to have the blues. The important thing is to be able to recognise it and seek help.
And believe, it has taken me a long time to get here. I had the blues, for a long time. And it wasn’t a pleasant experience. It was like a huge black hole that would suck up all my energy and will. It was a magnet for all the negative energies of the world. And when I was deep in it, I wanted so much to drown but something kept me afloat.
But it does not have to be left to chance. There is nothing wrong with having a mental condition. It is World Mental Health Day today. Let’s pledge to be more aware of ourselves and seek help and support when required.
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