Celebrating life on October 10th, 2021 – World Mental Health Day – is of utmost importance. It is essential to celebrate this day to take time out of the busy lives to appreciate the sacrifices people have made and continue to make to live a content life. Not only this, during these dull times of COVID-19, people should cling to any instances of joy and celebration they can find. These hard times are taking a toll on people’s mental health. Hence, one should slow down to reflect and learn about oneself and evaluate life.
People who suffer from mental diseases are confronted not only with their symptoms but also by the stigma that surrounds their illness. Recognising the stigma associated with mental illness should be the first step toward developing awareness about this very pressing matter.
One highly ingrained impediment to mental health in our country is the cultural belief system, which associates mental illness with supernatural powers, labelling it as black magic or evil spirits. In Pakistan, around 53 per cent of patients blame their illness on the influence of evil spirits. Furthermore, families frequently conceal mental illness to avoid the patient’s suffering becoming a topic of conversation in society.
On this day, we need to acknowledge and recognise the stigma and work together to spread awareness about it by negating the misconceptions.
Graana.com brings you five things to do on World Mental Health Day 2021.
Learn its Significance
You’d often find kids asking questions regarding mental health. They have little understanding of what the word entails. They think of the day as something to celebrate. This is their way of making sense of the word. It is a great opportunity to teach kids about the importance of mental health and enlighten them about why the day is celebrated across Pakistan. It is also a good occasion to inculcate some values and expose them to the ways in which they can give back to their nation and communities to project positivity.
One way to give back to the community and subsequently the nation is by taking care of the homeland. Over the years, our fellow citizens have polluted the land by throwing garbage on the streets or natural assets of Pakistan. As individuals, we all can play our part by picking one area of the communities and conducting cleanliness. If everyone cleans the spaces around them, the ripple effect will definitely bear fruit.
Decorate Your Home
This year World Mental Health Day happens to land during times of COVID-19 and social distancing. Instead of going out for enjoyment purposes, it is best to spend time at home by planning activities. One way to do that is by decorating your home. Start off by deep cleaning your house and then slowly try spicing up nooks and corners of your home through simple touches like rearranging furniture or getting crafty by DIY-ing some projects.
For older kids who are aware of the importance of mental health, you can plan quizzes to allow them to learn some psychological concepts and then apply them in real life. It will be a fun activity that will also aid in learning more about their personality. This activity will prove to be beneficial in helping them prepare for their psychology exam too.
Screen Light-Hearted Movies
Every once in a while, it is great to watch light-hearted movies to reflect on life events and feel good about yourself. Often these movies often have an inherent public service message which is a great takeaway for kids. These make kids more sensitive to the likes of their fellow beings and allows them to take care of the people around them.