One in 4 people are bound to be affected by mental health issues at some point of time in their lives. Whether the issues stem from some sort of trauma or have built up over the years, creating acceptance and awareness around mental health is extremely vital in our society.
When we speak of the corporate world, the word ‘stress’ is commonly used to describe our work and day-to-day activities. In the race to make it big, we often forget to take note of our health, and little things that contribute to our overall well-being. Taking on more work than one can, cracking under pressure, having meltdowns, and forgetting to invest time in relationships are some of the leading causes of depression and other mental illnesses, which creep up over a period of time.
The other side of mental health issues also involves people with disabilities. Certain limitations make it impossible for them to live a holistic life. At the end of the day, it is harder for people with disabilities to lead a life of normalcy. Unlike others who can vent out their frustration through several means and seek counselling, people with disabilities have it harder, and can’t express as freely, or with the same amount of impact. It is, therefore, important for society to take charge and address mental health issues for the disabled in the same light as for those who are able.
With regards to World Mental Health Day, which takes place on October 10th each year, MBCN has initiated a campaign called #WorkNotJudge. The campaign revolves around mental health at the workplace, and the importance of including people with special needs. Besides giving tips on how to cope with day-to-day pressure, the campaign opens doors for those who may wish to seek help, but don’t have a voice to do so.
Going in line with the importance of having a healthy mind, Skills Academy, which is PCF’s brainchild, does a splendid job in instilling confidence and the right amount of skill set in the underprivileged youth, who are capable of so much more than they think they are. From housekeeping to gardening and preparing a 4-course meal like professional chefs, Skills Academy not only provides skill training, but also helps build self esteem and ambition.
At the end of the day, a healthy mind is as important as a healthy body. The road to overcome mental health issues may seem never ending, but with a little effort and love, we can make all the difference in the lives of those who find it difficult to catch the light at the end of the tunnel.