The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day (WMHD) on October 10 every year as an opportunity to raise “awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.”
We at Feminism in India held a campaign for twenty days where we collected crowdsourced positive visuals of mental health support and end of stigma. Our aim, both with the campaign and our work, is to break down the stigma and myths associated with mental illnesses and provide a platform for folks to share their stories. Mental illnesses are feared and stigmatized tremendously in India – these misconceptions often stem from ignorance and superstitions. We want to start challenging these attitudes, one day at a time. Early this July, we launched our Mental Health and Wellness section on FII for people to share experiences, resources, tips and suggestions on mental health and mental illnesses.
The posters conveyed what mental health meant to you, what message you have for our readers. These were from your personal experience or from your observations. They narrated myths and stigmas you want to see disappear from our society. Below are the posters and artwork we received from around the world with people’s messages to offer support and end mental health stigma.
Mica is used in eyeshades, lipsticks, mascara, nail polish, blush and many such cosmetic products. 60% of the high-quality mica that goes into the cosmetic industry is sourced from India and most of it comes from scrap mining.
In a world that is marred with COVID-19, India has been in a lockdown and the practice of physical distancing is in practice. This has severely impacted these women weavers who have lost their livelihood and space of solidarity.