We have been trying to create awareness among those who are struggling with different mental health issues by asking them to voice out, not be ashamed of their illness, be brave enough to accept therapy. But not many of us have been targeting their support systems which in most cases are their families and for some their close friends. If only my family was well informed about the mental health issues and understood what my mother was going through, she wouldn’t have been ashamed of her condition which further wouldn’t have delayed her treatment. Even to this day, they still believe her treatment was just an unnecessary expenditure.
We are trying to come out with our struggles and face the world, but is there someone on the other end ready to listen to us and understand us?
Few days back, amid Mental Health Week, I was talking to someone about a news where a person struggling with depression made a suicidal attempt. I was surprised to hear her thoughts on the incident, where she said that “these people who take such steps are insensitive to their loved ones, as they don’t think about leaving their families and loved ones behind”. What about those loved ones who don’t understand why a person took such a step, what made them fall in the dark pit. On one hand we are talking about depression, anxiety but are we just talking? Is it even making sense to us?
A friend of mine was unable to sleep since few days and recently got diagnosed with anxiety with panic disorder and depression. He was able to confide in me as I understand mental health and thankfully convinced him to visit a psychiatrist. When I asked if he told about it to his family, he plainly responded they won’t understand. Another of his friends whom he shared his struggles with advised him that there isn’t any need to see a doctor for these issues. It’s sad to imagine, what could have he gone into, if even I didn’t encourage him to visit a doctor.
Although, it is important to encourage people struggling with mental illnesses to voice out their issues, it is even more important to inform the families and prepare them to stand with their loved ones, to stick with them so they are not alone in these difficult times.
Sometimes, the love and care a family can provide is the most we need to fight these illnesses.
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