Mental issues are very common nowadays, but what’s uncommon is to speak about it. Mental issues are something that still compels us to lower our voices. Everyone preaches to speak up, but they shut their ears when it’s their turn to listen. I am entirely aware of the reason that hinders you to be vocal about your mental health. The stigma attached to it and the judgment of our society impedes you to speak up candidly about your deprecating mental health. I always say it and I can reiterate it for another million times if I have to,” please SPEAK UP”. Your battle is half won if you open up about it. Keeping mum will do no good to you, ultimately you will succumb to your mental pain one day.
Speaking up can heal you in many ways:
1) It will give you the strength to not give up
2) You will no more be alone, your dear ones will always be with you
3) It provides you the strength to analyze your situation and take better decisions (I can tell you by my experience)
4) Trust me, you won’t feel like an outcast
5) No baggage, no stress
6) You will feel light
7) It won’t let you pile up unnecessary thoughts further
8) You will be a little more peaceful
9) One more step ahead in the direction of positivity
10) It will lessen your anxiety
Now, I would like to narrate you a very small part of my speaking up story. So it goes like this…
New city, new college, and new people. It exacerbated my anxiety issues. I had shifted to Mumbai away from my family for completing my MBA. For the very first time, I was away from my family, which added to my troubles. I was already suffering and this change worsened it. I chose to spoke up to comrades in college, I had to hear comments like:
- She does drama
- She is active on social media, how can she be sad
- I have seen her laughing, she doesn’t seem sad
- She is crying to seek attention
- PEOPLE WHO SUFFER DON’T SPEAK ABOUT IT ( This epitomizes the prevalence of mental diseases as taboo in our society)
- Mocked about my shivering while presentations
But, the coin has the other side too, so does my story.
There were these judgemental voices, then there were 4-5 people who understood me. They heard me. No one mattered apart from these caring people who were sensitive enough to understand me. They were with me like my buttress. Now I am in a better position, they still keep a check if I am okay.
Things to remember:
After all the judgemental comments, I still chose to speak up. I didn’t give up until I was heard. You should do it too. You should fight for your life, it is precious. Anything which meddles with your mental peace doesn’t matter.
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