• Mansha Anand

A Little Note | World Mental Health Day 2017


The above tweet is shared and liked by so many. Why? Why is it that we are able to understand something so heinous? 

A note to pretty much anyone and everyone,

Days such as World Mental Health Day aren’t here to push forward personal biases, political ideologies, prejudices, agendas, etc. They aren’t here to point fingers at the ignorant or shame those who post on the subject, only once a year. Today is solely dedicated to raising awareness for mental health issues. We, as a (semi)-functioning society have "dedicated days" for many different matters: one being WMHD. There are times when things are hitting us at such an accelerated rate, that some issues can and do fall through the cracks. Dedicated days have been designed to make people aware of or reinforce and remind them of certain concerns. 


Today is not here for you to condemn every-single ignorant person you encounter or to shame people for posting “for likes," "attention" or having a mental illness. 

#MentalHealthAwareness Day should be dedicated to teaching, raising awareness and finding solutions to issues surrounding mental health. As well as celebrating things like the accomplishments of individuals and mental health advocates.


Today is for people to share and/or feel comfortable sharing their stories in a healthy space where others can also listen, should they want to. You can use every other day of the year to fight with non-believers or call people out for their debilitating words.


Today does not take away from the good fight against those people and institutions who refuse to acknowledge the importance of advocating for mental health awareness.


Today is for anyone who wants it and/or needs it.


To destigmatize mental health issues and prevent the shaming that keeps people from seeking help. 


To make sure everyone has access to the healthcare they need. 


Use today to empower people. Raise awareness of what mental health means, the different types, the symptoms, the causes, how to learn more etc. Don’t waste it by raising awareness of ignorant people. We all know they’re there and it’s okay to take a break from getting through to them. It’s okay to do something positive without addressing the negative.

Dedicated calendar days, such as this, are for listening and learning. Raising our voices all at once brings forth a force whose impact will be heard days, months and maybe years from now. It is not futile. It is a show of strength and a healthy push towards making this world better for everyone.  


Tomorrow we lend our voices to another matter.

This month, in the U.S., we lend our voices to Domestic Violence Awareness.

Everyday we each fight for something bigger than ourselves or for ourselves.


Spending one day discussing mental health issues doesn’t mean that said issue isn’t important any other day or doesn’t deserve more time. Stop turning everything good into something which "masks evil".


We can make this day what we want. And I choose to make it a day in dedication of creating a healthy environment, in which people can tell their stories, listen to others', learn they are not alone or simply just, feel.


Listening to someone can save their life. How hard is it to do that?

Depression is one mental illness that has the ability to cause suicide. One does not solely cause the other and you can experience one without the other. Where depression and suicide are connected, we as a global community should acknowledge depression and learn how to live with it flowing through our society, regardless of whether it applies to us personally. 


Because suicide will affect us.


Mourning suicide after denying depression should not be an instance we can relate to or comprehend. That is the goal - to be so full of love and acceptance that anything less is completely inconceivable.


We don't want likes or shares on posts such as this, the post should be inconceivable today and every day from now. 


Lastly, I know that everything I said above can be explained further and if anyone is interested I would be more than happy to talk more about it and hear your thoughts. This was a last minute post that I decided was too important to forgo today, so if you read this far, I hope it helps you and just, thank you. Mental health is a significant phenomenon in my life, as I am sure it is for many others and my only intention is to help anyone who needs it. 

Endless love and bright lights,

 



For more information visit: http://www.who.int/mental_health/en/


Suicide Prevention and Crisis Hotline: (775) 784-8090 or 1 (800) 273-8255


Get involved: https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events

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