Did you know that 1 in 20 people in India lives with depression? That’s over 45 million people! It’s clear that India has been facing a mental health crisis over the last few years, but the ongoing pandemic has only worsened the situation. Since the country-wide lockdown began in March, many people all over India have started experiencing many mental health concerns.
This can be harmful to someone who is actually living with depression and struggling to find the right kind of support and treatment they need for recovery. They may face discrimination from the people around them and may feel shame or guilt due to internalised stigma.
Raising awareness is the first step to changing this. Starting a dialogue around depression and mental health makes it easier for people to start talking about it and finding validation and social support.
Let’s start this conversation by busting some common myths and learning the facts of depression.
Only when we understand and learn more about depression, will we be able to respond to anyone who is struggling with this illness in a sensitive and empathetic manner.
At InnerHour, a digital mental health platform, we are committed to supporting anyone with a mental health concern and offer a range of tools and services to help individuals lead happier and healthier lives. You can visit our website for more and also download our self-care app!