Life is a race against time and sometimes we may decide to quit on ourselves. We consider ourselves a failure if we are unable to achieve our targets on time. Challenges that we face in life makes us more responsible, life without struggle is a life without success. We need to understand when it is threatening our lives.
DO NOT QUIT! DO NOT GIVE UP! DO NOT STOP UNTIL YOU ARE DONE!
If you are really tired, you can take rest but remember why you started so you have to keep going.
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Recently, we got to know about the untimely death of the versatile actor, Sushant Singh Rajput. He was suffering from depression and seeking treatment at the same time.
Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in doing things. It affects how you feel, think, and behave.
In recent times, many Bollywood and Hollywood celebrities have come forward and acquainted people with their mental sufferings. Here is the list of some celebrities who battled with mental disorders.
1. Amitabh Bachchan
The veteran actor, Amitabh Bachchan fell victim of depression when he was struggling in the Indian film industry and had a financial crisis with losing almost all he had. He eventually managed to get out of it and gave his best, earning the love of the public.
2. J.K Rowling
She is one of the most famous authors. Before she gained popularity with her famous Harry Potter books, she was a depressed single mother who did not have a job. She did not give up even after getting 12 novels rejected.
3. Deepika Padukone
She has been vocal about her depression not just once but many times. She was one of the first female personalities to reveal about her difficult phase of life.
4. Dwayne Johnson
The former wrestler and now one of the most popular Hollywood actors underwent depression earlier in his life. After witnessing his mother’s suicide attempt, he did not want to go anywhere or do anything. But later as time passed, he recovered.
In recent years, mental illness is very common, about 1 in 5 adults have problems. It can begin at any age from childhood to later adult years. But most cases begin earlier in life.
The effects can be short or maybe continued for the rest of their lives. There are also many cases where people suffer from two mental illnesses at the same time.
The researchers found that females tend to be exposed to mental illnesses more than men. Including people belonging to lower strata of society.
SUSHANT SINGH RAJPUT’S SUICIDE LEAD TO A NEW TREND ON SOCIAL MEDIA
After the news of his suicide came out, people all over the country, started a new trend on social media of ensuring people as to how much they care about mental illnesses and how accepting and caring they are. Most people were seen putting up stories such as “I’m always there for people, feel free to communicate about your problems” and “Repost if your profile is a safe place for anyone to share their problems”
WHAT’S THE PROBLEM WITH THIS NEW TREND?
Sadly, our society doesn’t give much importance to serious problems such as Depression, Anxiety, and a lot more.
What’s wrong is that it took so many deaths of people to realize the importance of ‘Mental Health”. If our society would have been wise enough, many people who committed suicide because of their Mental Health Issues would be living with us today.
What else is wrong? “THE SOCIAL MEDIA ATMOSPHERE IN TODAY’S LIFE”
We believe that today, social media platforms are one of the biggest causes of MENTAL STRESS. The social media society has set certain standards, which every person tries to fit in. And what if they fail to fit in? IT HARMS PEOPLE’S MENTAL PEACE.
Everybody wishes to achieve fascinating bodies and beauty that is considered to be necessary if you want to fit in Today’s Social Media Culture.
This is all that is wrong and this all that needs to change. We as humans need to change, we need to get aware about such problems, we need to stop using people’s death as a new trend on social media platforms, we need to make every social media platform free from judgments based on caste, religion, sex, color, etc.
Now, as we’ve been talking about Mental Health so much, let’s get to know about what it is.
What is Mental Health?
According to WHO, ‘Mental health is a condition of being, in which a person realizes his or her abilities, can cope with the day to day stresses of life, he /she can work productively, and can effectively contribute to his or her community.’
Mental health conditions such as stress, depression, and anxiety may develop due to underlying, physical health problems such as cancer, diabetes, and chronic pain.
The most common mental illnesses are – Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders and Schizophrenia Disorders.
1. Early Warning Signs-
- If you sleep to much or too little
- Feeling sad or down
- If you have excessive fears or worries or extreme feelings of guilt
- Withdrawal from friends, families, and activities
- If you are unable to cope with daily problems and stress
- Excessive anger, hostility or violence
2. When to see the doctor
If you suffer from the symptoms mentioned, it is advisable to go and see the doctor or mental health professional. The problems will not get solved on their own and will eventually get worse if we don’t act on it sooner.
3. Helping a loved one
If you know someone who is suffering from this problem you should confront them and have an honest discussion with them. You cannot force someone to do certain things that you want them to do but show encouragement and offer support. If the person is willing to get your support you should always lend a helping hand, go to their appointments, and help them as much as you can.
4. Causes of Mental Illness
It is caused due to many factors that may be inherited or influenced by environmental factors.Most of them arise due to family expectations or even the individual’s expectations. It may be inherited from your family background, certain genes may increase the risk of developing a mental illness, and your life situation may trigger it.
5. Risk factors-
- Traumatic experiences such as an assault
- Childhood history of abuse and neglect
- Very few healthy relationships
- Financial problems, loved one’s death or even a divorce
- History of mental illness in blood relations
- Social isolation
- Self-harm and harm to others
Some people take prescribed medications such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, and some people take a more psychological approach like undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy, expose therapy, etc.
Work with your therapist or your doctor and work on something that best suits you.
Consider involving your parents and friends, which also may help you keep on track.
Get a regular health checkup and take care of yourself because YOU ARE WORTH IT!
Here is a list of things you can do for your mental health-
- Take care of yourself- Treat yourself with kindness and respect. Do things that you love doing like gardening, playing an instrument, and taking dance lessons.
- Take care of your body- Eat nutritious meals, drink lots of water, and exercise. Also, make sure that you are getting enough sleep.
- Spend time with people who bring out the best in you and encourage you and motivate you to do better.
- Set yourself some goals- Decide what you want to achieve by setting realistic goals that you want to achieve in your life. You’ll enjoy a tremendous amount of achievement once you accomplish it.
- Get help if you need it- Getting help doesn’t mean you are a weak person but it shows your strength. The earlier you seek help, the earlier you will achieve your goals and enjoy life.
Mental Health Support Contact
Here is a list of mental helpline numbers that can be contacted –
FORTIS EXAM HELPLINE- +91 8376804102
The Fortis National Helpline number is for students and parents with queries related to stress, exam tips, and even a team of experts to consult from.
ROSHNI- +9140-6620 2000/ 66202001
They are run by trained volunteers and their special services include depression, distress, and suicide.
VANDREVALA FOUNDATION- 1860-266-2345/ 1800-233-3330
This organization is run by trained individuals and can be contacted 24/7.
CONNECTING NGO- 1800-843-4353
They are run by trained volunteers and their special services include awareness and psycho education programs.
A suicide prevention organization that offers emotional support for the depressed, desperate, and suicidal.
TAKE THE INITIATIVE
If you are willing to help such people we advise you to join any center/association of mental health. Not only will it help you to reach out to such people who are in need, but it will also help you to gain knowledge about such serious problems and how to deal with it. This is all that it takes. People who suffer from mental illness require attention and love. We all need to make such people believe that Mental Illness doesn’t make them an abnormal human being and make them understand that
SUICIDE SHOULD NEVER BE A SOLUTION! NEVER!