Did you know, that the majority of people living with mental illnesses are functioning members of society? Meet Samay, Huafrid, Shivalika and Minnati. Each one comes from different walks of life, but share a common thread of persevering through mental illness. Through education, family support, self-care and treatment, they have each learned to navigate their journey with mental illness, while being highly contributing members of society.
Nearly 178 million people live with mental illness in India, which translates to one in seven. Many do not seek help. Several barriers including limited awareness, resources and social stigma, lead to a large majority of these illnesses being left untreated. Each time an individual falls ill into the depths of mental illness, it becomes more difficult and challenging to restore an optimum level of functionality. With awareness, understanding and appropriate care, it is possible to lead a functional life.
Let’s help our friends, colleagues, neighbours, sisters and brothers get the help that is available. We need your voices. And we need your ears. #RISEUP, share your story and inspire others to seek the help where it is needed.
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