As conversation around mental health grows in India, we look at how people are using creative mediums like poetry, cinema, music, and stand-up comedy to fight the stigma around it.
Like every single year, 2016 was full of love, death, laughter, failure, success, joy, grief, sex, romance, emotional ruin and physical collapse.
Mental health problems are a grave issue that needs serious and immediate attention. This issue cannot be dealt on just an individual and personal level and requires the engagement and attention of the masses and above all, the government.
A lot of the other toxicity in my life fell along the way once I fixed my toxic self-relationship -- it also allowed me to draw boundaries, reduce or remove people.
Online harassment and bullying have a negative impact on self-esteem, they cause people to doubt their opinions as well as self-worth – both mentally and physically.
It is exhausting to live and work in a world that actively hates and negates your presence, hence it becomes very important to practice self-care.
Bhargavi Davar is a mental health activist in India. She is the founder and a managing trustee of the Bapu Trust and the author of several books including Gendering Mental Health.
Emotional self-care (and most self-care) is often confused with self-indulgence. So let's take a minute to talk about what is emotional hygiene/self-care: it involves being aware of our psychological health, understanding what affects it positively or negatively, adopting habits that help build healthy emotions and psychological well-being.
Self-care is an act of preservation, it is an act of love, it is mental health hygiene and it is an act of resistance against the world which is constantly validating busyness and devaluing taking care of ourselves.
One of the most disappointing piece of recent news is Pakistan's top court declaring that "schizophrenia is not a permanent mental disorder" and have focused on it being a recoverable disease.