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Celebrating World Mental Health Day: Your Feelings are Valid

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A couple of years ago, I read ‘Man’s Search Meaning’ by Viktor Frankl. It is quite a famous book, I think. If I am not mistaken, the book was about a man who survived the tragic event of the concentration camp during Hitler’s reign. The writer wrote this book according to his nightmare experience in the horrible tragedy. The fact that he survived, the writer found that no matter how bad the body can be tortured, as long as the mind is conscious and finds the reason to carry on, the life will go on.

“He who has a reason to live can bear almost any how.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

After reading that book, I realized how important it is to keep and maintain our mental health.

And do you know? Every October 10th, the United Nations with the World Health Organization (WHO) dedicate the day to remember why mental health matters. WHO put it forward because they believe that the voice of this problem should be mobilized across the globe and raise awareness about this mental health issue. So, every 10th of October, we all need to take time to speak about this and think about what needs to be done to make mental health care for all the people.

This year, World Mental Health Day 2021 picked this for the campaign slogan: a Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality. Read here to know more about this campaign. 

Most people often look down on mental health and never take it as seriously as physical health. Especially the older generation in developing countries. It is still very taboo in a country like Indonesia to seek professional help. For this reason, some people choose not to seek professional help due to the social stigma that will be labeled on them. 

For some reason, if you are having a mental health problem, they are going to accuse you of being possessed by some evil spirit. They begin to speculate which haunted place you have been and start to advise you to read more holy books. 

In some extreme cases, they are just going to get the conclusion that you are being crazy. This is really unfortunate because instead of seeking professional help, some of them deny and stick with their mind that they think is right. 

I think It is kind of a really long walk to make a better understanding of how important it is to care for our mental health. It will take some time to explain to the wider society that the psychologist understands better what happened to people with mental health problems and even if in the other case if the stress is affecting them physically, they can go to a psychiatrist to get a prescription. 

We need to encourage people to speak more about mental health. People should know that their feelings are valid. This issue should have been an everyday conversation.

“Some of the most comforting words in the universe are ‘me too.’ That moment when you find out that your struggle is also someone else’s struggle, that you’re not alone, and that others have been down the same road.” – Unknown

Check this Video that our volunteer create ro celebrate World Mental Health Day

Written by Harun Arrasyid and Nevy W. Pangestika