There was a time when if you told someone that you’re suffering from depression or have suicidal tendencies, people would have either thought you to be mental to be safely locked up somewhere or not significant enough and would brush it under the carpet. Thankfully, the perception of the world is changing towards mental health and more and more people are coming forward to deal with this problematic situation. The perception of the people has changed towards mental health and now everyone agrees that it is as important as physical health and the fact that several celebrities like Deepika Padukone and Yo Yo Honey Singh have come forward to talk about it has also fueled a change in the mindset. Today on World Mental Health Day, Twitter users doled out wisdom, advice, and lessons instead of cracking jokes or making fun. World Mental Health Day was first celebrated in 1992 on October 10, and since then aims to educate, increase awareness and lend support to people to overcome issues related to mental health.
World Mental Health Day was first initiated by the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization that has over 150 countries as its members. Today, people on social media are not only speaking about mental health but are also giving hope, advice and lifting spirits through their words and wishes. Twitter has been abuzz with tweets about the observance and people are coming out to tell others that they are not alone in their fight against mental health issues. Sample a few tweets below which give such profound lessons and advice.
Don’t suffer in silence
Give yourself a breather
Lend your support
Couldn’t have explained it better
The picture speaks a thousand words
People’s battles are not always visible
Be kind always
Anupam Kher lent his support
Know the signs
This year’s World Mental Health Day theme is mental health in the workplace which is very apt because over the years our workplace has become an increasingly horrid and troublesome place where people are exploited, discriminated and sometimes ridiculed too. There are a number of issues grappling the workplace today like racial discrimination, favouritism, office politics, the wage gap, glass ceiling, gender gap and others.
It is high time that we try to maintain a work-life-balance in our lives so that people are not unnecessarily hounded by overworking and no respite, after all, work and no play make Jack a dull and stressed boy indeed who might grapple with mental health issues.