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Around 800,000 people commit suicide every year according to the statistics of WHO . Mental health issues, such as heavy loss, unemployment, relationship issues, infidelity, stress, uncertainty, etc. contribute to pushing someone off the edge. In this blog, I am sharing instances in an attempt to make people more aware of the need to normalize this concept in the contemporary era. Below mentioned are some instances that lead to a mental breakdown, also, due to sensitivity of the topic some people have remained anonymous but they want this to reach out to more individuals to spread awareness.
The unsettling experience of someone’s death always leaves an unfathomable impact on an individual. I would like to put some light on two very strong individuals whom I know personally.
Tanya, a beautiful and aesthetic soul, someone who inspires and motivates you to go through any challenge in life. She lost her father when she was 9 years old. Then a cheerful, sensible and fearless kid was completely destroyed after this perturbing and harrowing incident. No one deserves to go through such a horrific experience, but that is how life is! Due to lack of resources and health management irresponsibility, her father couldn’t get treatment on time and while they were transferring him to a hospital in Delhi, he DIED in transition. This left her numb and not knowing what is happening to her, at that age, she didn’t know how to react. Not able to touch the feet of her dad’s body and not knowing what to do, wrecked her mentally. As she started to understand the fact that her father is really gone, the anxiety kicked in. Hating the day when she was born; she never celebrated her birthday since her father always planned a surprise for her. Every time her family saw any father doing something for their children, they mourned. Her childhood was tough and she tried everything to keep herself distracted. During her junior college, she tried to overcome her fears and started hanging out with people where she found someone with whom she could share anything that bothered her, through thick and thin! The fears were out, anxiety under control and she found herself in the process. She opened up, she evolved, she became more social, and started celebrating her birthdays once again. She still misses her man but she managed to fight it through like a queen.
“Accept whatever life offers you and move on for your own betterment. Always keep your happiness before anything and trust the process- You will get through this and you are not alone!”
A strong, self-asserting and confident personality who has always been an individual who wants to help society in any way possible. This personality has developed over an unlikely experience, i.e., the demise of his best friend fighting against cancer when Shreya was just 14 years old. This was one of the rough patches of her life and she understood the uncertainty of life. This vulnerability has always been in her subconscious mind. After the loss of a very close one, she had regular episodes of anxiety and panic attacks since she was there in the process where she saw her friend experiencing pain and trauma throughout the treatment. Though she had not had an episode of anxiety lately, this grief and susceptibility fuelled her passion to find a cure for this deadly disease. She still has that drive and motivation to make her friend proud and seeing her hustle will be an inspiration to others. I really wish all the power to her and hope for her success.
“Immense courage within would remain unlearned until you push your limits. With the right mindset and right people seek what you have been afraid of.”
There are many things happening around us and these are some case which really left me overwhelmed and dumbfounded. These are very sensitive cases and I am glad these people are brave enough to voice themselves through this blog.
Saumya, a very jolly, childish and eccentric person to be around but once you dive deep into her thoughts you would literally be left in disbelief, how can someone be this happy after going through the stuff she went through. She has been molested by a father-like figure when she was 13 years old. This itself sounds disgusting enough to be distressed but something worse happened to her. After the incident, when she wanted to raise her voice against it but her parents and society shushed her due to the orthodox thinking many Indian parents have. This hit her hard and lead to a miserable mental breakdown. She felt alone all the time even in chaos. The definition and meaning of solitude and tranquillity were lost somewhere which she thought she couldn’t ever find. Life hasn’t been easier thereafter; she has been through many downfalls while in a relationship. All these hazards built up in her mind but she always believed that you have to hit through the walls no matter how high the walls are (referring walls to the difficulties in life). All these instances affected her personally and have affected her relationship with her parents. I hope that the vulnerability of the situation reaches to them and that they can understand the depth of it.
“A girl going through shit like this should never stand alone in the suffering. Her parents and closed ones should always be there for her support and not suppress her voice due to societal pressure.”
An individual growing up in a hostile environment had a very difficult childhood. She didn’t realize that she was going through a mental illness until 2 years earlier when she got to know that she is depressed and has anxiety attacks. Growing up she lived in an extremely toxic environment with her parents who had a very conservative and narrow-minded mentality. Unaware of what sex, puberty, periods, etc. is, she was molested in her junior college by different people which she didn’t realize due to a conservative upbringing. Along with this, she dealt with various family issues which really broke her from inside and they forced her to choose a field in which she was not interested. These circumstances broke her from inside and today she wishes to see a therapist but cannot afford one since she can’t ask her parents for money. She has been suicidal but isn’t a coward. With all these mishappenings she has been very strong and brave to fight it.
“Sometimes the world is kicking you down and you can't get up! Soon you start a lot of questions, looking at the world, thinking about what it would be like without you in it.”

Relationship hazards have been a reason for many to slide into depression but this instance really hit me hard.
She was 18 then when her family found out that she has been dating a guy nearby. Her family is really strict and refuting to the “dating” culture. She expected them to sit down and discuss this with her about the situation but to her surprise, they started beating her up initially. This took a toll on her since she was expecting her parents to understand her. The conditions got worse; this episode happened from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. that day. Even to go out to the medical store, grocery store, restaurant with friends, etc. she had to beg them for their permission. What hurt her the most was her parents looking down on her as if she has committed a heinous crime. Crying her eyes out at nights became a daily routine. This torn her soul and spirit into pieces, and not having anyone besides her to listen made it unbearable. She has been on anti-depressants and the impact was unfathomable. The scenario is much better between her and her family but still, somewhere this hurts her a lot. She has recovered well now and has returned to her bubbly and fearless attitude once again.
“A person suffering from mental illness needs support and kindness, everything can’t be cured by a medicine.”

Firstly, I feel proud that the people were brave enough to share their experiences which were ensconcing behind their subconscious mind for so many years. All the incidents were really heart-breaking and have touched my soul. I would like to reach out to maximum people and let them know that these problems are really serious. People comparing the problems of two different individuals should know that every individual goes through different situations and has a different outlook on different challenges. So, rather than outweighing problems start being more considerate, kind and be compassionate towards them so that they have someone with whom they can share their hardships- they just need to be listened. The untimely demise of a close one, conservative and orthodox family, societal pressure, suppression of voice, anxiety, panic attacks, etc. are very tough to get through and I am glad all of them overcame it like a boss.
Life throws many challenges on our faces but it’s our choice how to deal with them. We didn’t have a choice but let’s help our next generation to understand the importance and urgency of this topic to be normalized in our society. There should be no shame in consulting a therapist; no shame in crying your heart out; no shame in laughing hysterically; no shame whatsoever! Let’s make this world a better place to live in.

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