Why do we need help?

Human beings are born social animals. They have an innate need to connect, to belong and to be accepted by all. Even as the trivial needs such as food, shelter and water are met for survival, equally important is the mental well being of a person. The human brain is continually ticking, it forever needs stimulation and channelling of good positive thoughts, failing which lethargy and depression set in. By and large living in a society supposedly takes care of our mental well being, however statistics (one in every four adults) prove otherwise. If we do look and really see, we find many around us who are actually crying out for help. Apart from common mood disorders there are far more serious ones like depressive disorders, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia to name a few.  It cuts across class and culture and almost anyone can be affected irrespective of caste or creed. This is where education and awareness of the symptoms of depressive nature will help tremendously,in order to identify and reach out for help. The NAMI (National alliance on mental health) was born in 1990 to increase awareness about mental illnesses and to reach out to the community through education, art, music, advertising, health fairs, movie nights, candle night vigils and even benefit runs. There are many people who are already working to increase awareness, provide information and resources and encouraging to seek help at the right time. Even in universities one can empower students to reach out to peers, student leaders can be mental health advocates and all who are passionate about this cause can come together and connect so that a new movement can emerge. They can put a face to lives lost in suicide by encouraging fellow students to talk. The increasing stress levels in student lives can be alleviated if one can have different programs like nature trails, art appreciation workshops, museums visits, volunteering at animal shelters or geriatric centers etc! Wherein students can successfully overcome their own issues by addressing others and in turn identify and seek help for their own emotional difficulties. One needs to fight the stigma and provide support as well as advocate equal care for all. What may seem simple to one may actually be life threatening to another. So it is  important to find the courage and motivation to seek help. No one will know you need help unless you talk so it is truly imperative to seek that help. Sometimes seeking wrong help can lead one down another road altogether. Reaching out at the right time to  right qualified counsellors is really the need of the hour. An ear to be heard, a hand to guide and an encouragement to open doors and seek new horizons. That’s all it takes.

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