Hello and happy Monday everyone! Yes, it’s that time of the week again and, many of us wake up feeling too sleepy and tired for this world; this is what we often call the Monday Blues. But that’s just the luckier ones among us, because for many, Monday Blues is an everyday thing.We all throw the term “Monday Blues” around not thinking too much about it, but it can be a real problem. This is initially why I decided to start an eponymous weekly series on my Instagram account. The concept is to incorporate the colour blue in my makeup of the day every Monday; a word play and a way to make something good out of the blue feeling. This is the 6th post of the series, and it just happens to coincide with the date of World Mental Health Day.
The World Health Organisation estimates that “One in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives.”, and that “Around 450 million people currently suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.”.
The statistics cannot be more telling, as most of us know or will know at least one person who is affected in their lifetime. In fact, in my own immediate family, 2 out of 5 of us have been diagnosed with mental health disorders. When I started this blog, it was not just for the love of makeup, but also because I needed something that I love to bring me out of an imminent depression.
While treatment is available, many people will never seek help. Stigma affecting mental health patients around the world makes it very difficult to diagnose and treat most illnesses and disorders. Furthermore, it marginalizes those who suffer due to the lack of understanding and subsequent neglect.
So through this unusual article, I wanted to shed a light on the importance of listening, sharing, caring and understanding. Listen to yourself and others, share with your friends and family, and above all, care for and understand each other. The fight against a mental disorder cannot be reduced to a magical formula, but these 4 principles can help you and others in starting a path towards dealing with it.
If you read all the way, I hope this short article helped you in some way, or at the very least tickled your curiosity to learn more about mental health and the stigma surrounding it. And if you or someone you love are dealing with a mental illness, I wish you all the best. The road is rocky, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
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The Foundry girl.