Mental health

Letter December 01, 2021
Mental health


Like physical health, mental health is just as important to maintain the overall wellbeing of an individual. Mental health has a direct impact on one’s daily life, relationships and physical health. Unfortunately, in Pakistan, mental health is regularly neglected or sidelined. Even though people are encouraged to talk about it, it is much harder than it seems. Those who summon the courage to reveal their mental health issues are either judged or marginalised. This is a result of a lack of awareness and education. From a young age, individuals are prevented from confronting mental health issues.

According to research, in Pakistan, around 50 million people suffer from mental disorders. However, because of a lack of professional help, most people do not seek help or support. There are very few trained therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists in the country. Even in this advanced era, when mental health is undoubtedly a growing concern, opting for psychology as a major is considered underwhelming.

The mental health Act should be implemented in letter and spirit by the state. Public awareness programmes addressing mental health issues should be launched through mass media. Schools should inform students of mental health-related issues and coping mechanisms. A widespread awareness campaign will allow mental health to become a part of our daily conversations which will help reduce the stigma and shame. It is time that we collectively raised our voices to help address mental illnesses.

Noor Saeed

Lakki Marwat

Published in The Express Tribune, December 2nd, 2021.

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