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Let's take a step forward as a society and save the wealth known as 'mental health'

By Sharonya Kundu

Suicide is the third leading cause of death in 15-30 years old in India. Apart from suicide, other mental illnesses like depression and anxiety are on rising in India.

Every year close to 800000 people take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide. People who have lost someone they care about deeply and are left with their grief and struggle to understand why it happened. Suicide occurs throughout the lifespan and was the second leading cause of death globally in 2016.

Mental illness is more ubiquitous than you might think. The odds are that you may have even experienced a stint of a mental health condition. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), at least 1 in 5 adults in the United States experience mental illness in any given year, while 1 in 25 experiences a serious mental illness that substantially limits their life. Despite this prevalence, those suffering emotional traumas are often edgy and petrified that people might view them as "not normal". That modesty can lead to feeling too stigmatized to seek guidance.

The stigma attached to mental health issues may be receding in general, but that doesn't mean the struggles are easy to talk about especially when they are personal. Regrettably, there are a few people who make conversations about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addiction, and other personal challenges difficult. This can make people with mental illness more isolated.

People with mental health issues are people whose difference should be celebrated, whose contribution to society as people of integrity and perseverance should be appreciated, and shape their own lives should always be enabled and paramount.

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