Neglecting Mental Health


According to WHO, India is one of the most depressed countries in the world.

Warning that the country is facing a possible mental health epidemic, President Kovind expressed concern over the shortage of mental health professionals and said the gap needs to be addressed on priority. He went on to point out that there were just about 5,000 psychiatrics and less than 2,000 clinical psychologists in the country, while nearly 57 million Indians are affected by depression.

There are multiple factors which have led to the increment of stressors in our lives — the fast-paced nature of our lives, fleeting relations, incessant work stress, or even excessive pressure to succeed. Yet somehow mental health eludes day-to-day conversation. This is due to the stigma associated with these issues, which only serves to further exacerbate the condition of people suffering from mental illnesses.

In light of this, it's gratifying to see celebrities such as Deepika Padukone and Honey Singh make efforts to bring these issues to the fore. Irrespective of our backgrounds, we can all learn to pay more attention ourselves, our mental health, and of those we care about. Reach out to one another, consult a professional, and most importantly, listen to yourself and let yourself be heard.

There are several organisations that are devoted to mental health and the discussions around it. Your Dost, for example, is an emotional wellness platform that connects individuals in need with experts like psychologists, life coaches, and psychiatrists. From balancing relationships to productivity, the ability to deal with societal, peer, and parental pressure, the company provides counselling and help on diverse topics through its online platform.