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.
For me, the most interesting part of this story lay in the fact that it is based in Delhi as the city and as the college life campus; it has moments which are relatable, whether they are big or little milestones of life. The story is simple and a reminder of how there are so many points in a person's lives where they struggle
FII crowdsourced 26 positive posters on mental health support and end of stigma on World Mental Health Day as part of their #SupportNotStigma campaign.
The Mental Health Bill 2016 was passed by the Lok Sabha and is scheduled to be debated soon in the Rajya Sabha.
For me, this is why World Mental Health day matters! It is because my country (as a stereotyped whole) would rather believe in devils and witches than in mental illnesses. It is because as a group we would much rather label it as a 'western problem' than deal with it.
At the end of a depressive episode, I find myself looking for the exact word for that period between various depressive episodes. I search for it online and I wrack my brain and I fall asleep thinking about it and one day it strikes me what the word is. The word is 'life'.
When celebrities like Deepika and Ileana describe their journey of dealing with mental illness, one of the biggest impacts they have is the hope that they are able to give to people dealing with similar conditions; the hope of being able to live functional and fulfilling lives despite their mental illnesses.
Sanchita Mental Health Foundation (SMHF) is a day care rehabilitation and counselling centre dedicated to support and improve mental health, by providing support and care to individuals above the age of 18 years.