What can we do?

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Mental Health and wellbeing are more important now than ever!

We value people more when they are dead than alive, the ones who are alive, living by our side are often taken for granted. That’s how the world has been working.

On one hand, we say let’s be kind to one another and on the other, we spread hatred.

We, humans, have created a toxic environment and incredible judgemental society spreading hatred through baseless allegations and speculations.

We are on the verge of building a world devoid of hope!

We have a hard time with life, no matter how we are feeling we always find ourselves stuck in this vicious endless cycle of negativity and self-loathing. When we are in our head alone, it’s a bad neighborhood and no one should be in there alone, it’s crazy in there and nothing makes us happy. We never say nice things to ourselves. If you don’t find yourself in this kind of situations then consider yourself lucky, like super lucky because most of us don’t have that privilege.

What separates humans from sociopaths is that sociopaths don’t feel anything. How can we try to decrease this toxic environment that we created? How can we be an ally to people who are diagnosed with mental illness or generally having a tough time with their life?

ACCEPTANCE — First you have to accept that somebody around you, your friend, colleague or even your family member can be going through mental illness, it can be somebody high functioning, young or even old. When somebody open’s up to us about their mental health, our thought process goes something like “You? you look so happy and you got all these great things in life, you’re not suffering from anxiety or depression”. We fail to accept the fact. We have to change that, accept that they need help, accept that this will be recurring and it’s not going to end anytime soon.

Sometimes the person who is dealing or going through this might even not know the reason behind it or what exactly it is and that’s where diagnosis helps, because there are different kinds of mental illness, yes anxiety and depression aren’t the only two, there’s also Bipolar disorder, Psychosis, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Schizoaffective disorder, Schizophrenia to name a few and some of these can be identified easily and some can’t so be patient with them and help them in any way possible. Once they are diagnosed and a lot of what they were experiencing now has a label, it will be easier to know where to start.

The most important thing you have to realize is that one can never arrive at a stage of being mentally healthy. They will get better over time but achieving mental health — that doesn’t happen.

If you’re someone who is not good with social interaction then there are various groups across social media platforms where you can help. Reddit is a good place to start because it is completely anonymous.

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You can start by helping one person at a time. Just listen to them, uplift them and be kind, it goes a long way. Someone once said that “One simple act of kindness creates an endless ripple”.

r/mentalhealth
r/anxiety

Be kind, listen, spread love, and let's not judge anyone. Let’s build a new hate-free environment full of hopes.

Anyone going through these tough times, I want you to know that you’re not alone. Hugs to you my friend ❤

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