“May you be free from suffering. May you have joy and ease.” Helen Weng
Mental Health (Issues or problems) are not something to be avoided, or ashamed of. The prevailing negative view of mental health persists in most parts of the world. It is about time that people realize that mental health is very diverse and the mere absence of mental illness or diagnosis does not make it any less important. There are a lot of people going through mental health struggles, and not even their family members or close friends have any idea about it.
For example, the death of this young Malaysian is a wake-up call to pay attention to people we interact with even on social media. According to the Malaysian authorities, the teenager was suffering from depression, and it is not known whether she talked about it on her Instagram or not, but she created a poll asking her followers to help her choose either ‘D or L’ (D =Death and L= Life) according to Reuters. Police Chief Aidil Bolhassan said that the followers voted 69% in favor of death. It is sad and disheartening to see a young life wasted like that. So many questions running through my head about what would happen if her followers voted ‘LIFE’ instead? Would it make a difference if her followers were educated or informed about Mental Health and Mental Illness? Would she still be alive? An autopsy is planned to determine the exact cause of death.
It is about time that we pay attention to people’s suffering. Mental Health is an important topic for discussion on any platform you can think of. It is the responsibility of every human being to help fight MENTAL ILLNESS OR MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES to prevent or at least reduce the rate of suicide caused by Mental Health Issues. It is doable, and it is imperative in the age of social media.
Food For Thought: Compassion
Ø Practicing compassion with one another is essential. You never know what a person is going through, and a word of encouragement goes a long way.
Ø According to research, the practice of compassion can cause massive changes in how the brain responds to images of suffering. These suggest that compassion is a trainable skill, and that practice can alter the way our brains perceive suffering and increase our actions to relieve that suffering. Repeating phrases such as, “May you be free from suffering. May you have joy and ease.”
Ø Practicing compassion can lead you to become kinder and build a greater sense of self-acceptance. The harsh self-critic will gradually unravel.
Ø Never be afraid to seek help when you are going through pains that have little to no physical symptoms. Mental Illness is real , and there no need to be ashamed.
Ø Life has its difficult moments and stress is inevitable, but any time you are beyond your STRESS coping limit, and your everyday life activities become unbearable, then it is time to shout out for help. Remember, no one can do life alone.
To the young lady who died; May you rest in peace and may you passing awaken the reality of mental health throughout the world.
Psalms 34:18 – The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
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Brain Can Be Trained in Compassion, Study Shows. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/releases/compassion-training.html