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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsA slew of social issues have found millennial voices, but mental health awareness still remains a taboo of sorts and Bollywood superstar Deepika Padukone is out to change exactly that. The actress, who has always broken the glass ceiling by coming out in the open about her own troubles with depression, once again pledged support to the cause on the occasion of World Mental Health Day, on Wednesday. “In 2014, I was diagnosed with clinical depression. But, in India, 90% of people who suffer from depression don't seek help,” she said in a video shared on her Twitter account. “Depression is like any other illness that requires intervention.” In her message, she also normalised mental health disorders and urged patients to share their stories using the #NotAshamed hashtag. #NotAshamed pic.twitter.com/DgewpgBpn5 — Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) October 10, 2018 A study conducted by the World Health Organization in 2015 showed that one in five Indians may suffer from depression in their lifetime, which is equivalent to 20 crore people. Due to the stigma associated with mental illness, a lack of awareness, and limited access to professional help, only 10-12 per cent of these sufferers will seek help. Another study, carried out by Assocham last year, showed that clinical depression has risen by around 50 per cent in the last eight years. It does not make discernible urban-rural demographic differences and also states that most people who commit suicide are below the age of 44. It adds that 42.5 per cent of employees in the Indian private sector are afflicted with general anxiety disorder or depression, as compared to government employees. A private sector employee in India works for a minimum of 48-50 hours a week when compared to 33 hours a week in the UK and 40 hours a week in the US. In addition, the pay in these developed countries is almost six times more even after deducting the indexing prices and cost of living. According to 'Mental Health: TLLLF National Survey Report 2018,' commissioned by The Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLLF), more than 75 percent of participants stated they would always feel sympathetic towards mental health patients. In the same vein though, they also exhibited feelings of fear (14 per cent would always be fearful), hatred (28 per cent feel hatred sometimes or always), and anger (43 per cent feel angry sometimes or always) towards people with mental illness. More than a quarter admitted that they would always be 'indifferent' towards people with mental illness. These admissions indicate the prevalent stigma in society, which when clubbed with an acute shortage of mental health specialists, presents the grim reality of the situation in India. The death of the globe-trotting, fine-dining Anthony Bourdain – he committed suicide in a Paris hotel room earlier this year – brought to fore our failings on a global level as well. Is there a solution, then? Diverse programmes and legislation, including the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram and the Mental Health Care Act, could prove to be steps in the right direction for patients in India. But, as Harvard professors Vikram Patel and Shekhar Saxena write in their Indian Express column, proper implementation would require a genuine partnership of a diverse range of groups. From the mental health and development communities to policymakers and civil society, one and all need to come together to transform mental health across the country. Mental health helplines in India Roshni +914066202000 COOJ Mental Health Foundation +918322252525 Sneha Foundation India +914424640050 Vandrevala Foundation 18602662345 Connecting +919922001122
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsThe one thing every teenager looks forward to around the halfway mark of his teenage years, is to ditch his teens and step into the formal years of early adulthood. Though 18 may be the official year of turning into an adult, the Indian society doesn't really consider you one until your age reads/sounds something like “twenty-_____”. Right? Well, we know the big deal that it is for all of us, given that there is so much to look forward to, explore and experience in our 20s. However, with all the fun and liberty, also comes the sad reality of facing the demons, both our own and as well as the society's. © Dharma Productions Societal expectations and demands slowly begin to make their way into our “happy” 20s, and more often than not, meddle with our personal choices and desires. The conflict forces most of us to “challenge” the usual order of things, which eventually results in various forms of stress, which slowly creep into our lives. Now, who wants to deal with such heavy, mind-numbing experiences that test our mental and emotional vigour at a time like this, especially when they have a choice to stay above all the jitters and enjoy the mental peace that's become the need of the hour? © Facebook So, here are 7 mental muscle building mantras that will help you deal with any and every societal melodrama, and keep you mentally healthy and sound: 1. Don't Seek Validation The first thing to learn very early on in your 20s is to not waste one's effort and energy in trying to please everyone. The world is made up of numerous different individuals, so disagreements are expected. But instead of seeking people's validation, let's focus on being our own man, and doing what is best, regardless of public opinion. © Facebook 2. Don't Wait For An Apology Life has only just started and various disagreements will leave a lot of people, including you, with bruised egos and hurt pride. But no matter which side of the spectrum you occupy, you should quickly learn the trick to forget and move forward. There's no point holding on to the hurt and preventing yourself from enjoying the moment and being truly happy. 3. Have Fun Big, strong mental muscles find their nutrition from all things positive and happy. What that means is, you need to move over negative emotions, and fast. Don't let things like opinions, judgements, failures, jealousy and resentment dampen your joy and kill your vibe. You do what makes you truly happy and chuck all else into the bin. © Facebook 4. Allow Yourself To Fail That's something which must be repeated often, loud and clear for all of us to understand and acknowledge that failure is okay, as it is normal. We must understand that failures don't define us as a person, but rather we must learn from them, take them in our stride and put up a stronger game post every setback. 5. Don't Mull Over Mistakes This one follows the same logic as the previous one. Renowned English poet Alexander Pope's notable words, “to err is human” is a mantra you must imbibe in your very being. We all make mistakes and learn through those experiences, and the 20s allow us to make more mistakes in our lives, than all the other times combined. Thus, be done with all the greyness clouding your mind. © Facebook 6. Learn To Say No This one might seem insignificant, but know that learning to say no takes effort on most of our parts. But being able to say no to things shows that you value yourself, your time, decisions, choices, and the needs to turn down certain offers every now and then, that don't resonate with your personal ideologies and beliefs. That'll really bulk of mental muscles. 7. Appreciate Change Last, but surely not the least, your 20s will be filled with constant changes and you must come to accept and appreciate those changes. That's because those will be the only way you learn and grow as individuals, who grab every opportunity thrown their way and make the most of it. No matter where you are in your 20s, keeping these mantras with you will really help you build a strong and healthy mind, that's ready to take on life.