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.
In the Indian imagination, an ‘Aunty’ is a middle-aged, usually fat woman who is married and has children. Young women, especially unmarried ones, either do not want to associate with the term or are expected to steer clear of it.
Savitribai Phule, first female teacher of the first women’s school in India is a pioneer figure. She relentlessly fought against the dominant caste system and worked towards the upliftment of the marginalized.