Mental illness is a topic that masses of people all across the world are worried about as it has led individuals to commit actions that would make one’s senses to shatter, it would make our hearts bleed. In recent times, the growing epidemic of suicide rates has called for our large concern.
There has been an abnormally substantial increase in suicide rates and we have come across news regarding many popular public figures taking their own lives. On the other hand, Pakistanis also deal with this dilemma. We cannot ignore that mental illness prevails on an all-time high in this part of the world as well.
A few years back, we learned about the suicide of a boy in Islamabad. There have been many cases in the past which may or may not have been reported to the media, but without a say, mental illness is one of our biggest problems as a nation.
People actually don’t know how to help the victims. In fact, the victims are often put to shame, religious shaming and whatnot, which worsens the circumstances in all cases. Suicide prevention hotline, something most countries have a dedicated system and legislation for nowadays. But in Pakistan? It’s a bigger shame.
Pakistani film and TV actress Sanam Saeed recently addressed that issue on her twitter by stating:
“We need a call to action for this. There is no free helpline for suicide, or any mental health related trauma. We need a toll free number to get help at the end of the line, to help save lives. Also, break the stigma, the taboo. There is no shame [in] seeking mental health help.”
Well we second on her thoughts and we urge you to reach out to silent sufferers, do not lecture them about praying or faith. Be kind, be generous and most importantly, LISTEN to them. Constantly give them the comfort and assurance that you are there for them. Take care of people. Take care of humans.