The issue of mental health is an increasing societal and health problem which has a significant mental and emotional impact on an individual. In a society like ours, where majority of the population is poor, the common man has to bear the brunt of exacerbating problems such as rising inflation, domestic violence, mass unemployment and lack of professional opportunities. What is more problematic is that people are not fully aware of the extent and severity of these issues due to lack of education and sensitivity. As a result, they remain hopeless, thinking that nothing they do can change the present deplorable condition they are in. This state of hopelessness further leads to anxiety and depression, which, in extreme cases, can also urge a person to commit murder or suicide.
It is the responsibility of the state to take steps for solving civic issues and curing public misery. In order to build a healthy society, the government and authorities concerned must pay due attention to the plight of the poor and vulnerable. Moreover, it is need of the hour to include mental health issues and problem-solving skills in the education curriculum so that newer generations are more aware and equipped to bring about change.
Shahjahan & Aisha Memon
Published in The Express Tribune, January 29th, 2021.