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“ WAKING UP EVERY MORNING HAD BECOME A STRUGGLE .” encourage others like me to break through the stigma , come out and seek help . Most people do not seek help because society has stigmatised depression such that most people do not reveal the agony they themselves or their loved ones are going through for few of being branded as weak or mad .” And that ’ s what led to her founding The Live Love Laugh Foundation — an organisation that focuses on increasing awareness of mental health issues , reducing the stigma around them , and encouraging research that will help design solutions .

ASK FOR HELP

If you or anyone you know needs assistance , you can check out these websites : 1 . White Swan Foundation www . whiteswanfoundation . org 2 . It ’ s Ok To Talk www . itsoktotalk . in 3 . The Live Love Laugh Foundation www . thelivelovelaughfoundation . org 4 . Mental Health Foundation ( India ) www . mhfindia . org 5 . The MINDS Foundation www . themindsfoundation . org
DR SAMIR PARIKH
Director , Department of Mental Health & Behavioural Sciences , Fortis Healthcare

THE EXPERTS WEIGH IN ...

What are the different kinds of mental disorders ? “ Some of the most common disorders include depression , anxiety , obsessive compulsive disorder , schizophrenia and its spectrum , trauma , substance disorders , personality disorders , neurodevelopmental and neurocognitive disorders , as well as sleeping and eating disorders .” How can people be encouraged to pay attention to their mental health ? “ There has been major development in the field over the last few decades , and in the recent past . However , it ’ s necessary to identify the existing gaps and work on them . It is essential to ensure widespread awareness and sensitivity about mental health concerns in order to overcome the stigma .”
Statistics claim that when it comes to mental illnesses , women are the worst affected around the world ... “ Most women are afraid to share because of the stigma around it . Listening without judgment can encourage the person ( man , woman or child ) in distress to share more openly and be receptive to the suggestion of seeking professional help . Mental health is as important as one ’ s physical health — and education about the same is the only way to reduce stigma around it .” Are there any simple exercises that can help relax the mind ? “ Meditation and visual imagery are very easy and effective techniques . While meditation relaxes the mind and body , it also helps improve concentration and reduce forgetfulness ; visual imagery involves visualising happy moments of one ’ s life and reliving the joy .”
DR KAMNA CHHIBBER
Head , Department of Mental Health & Behavioural Sciences , Fortis Healthcare
DR HARSHEN K ARORA
Psychologist
How can we reduce stigma around mental illnesses ? “ It ’ s important to not be dismissive or rejecting of another person ’ s experiences , thoughts or feelings — being available and listening to each other is helpful . Seeking help for mental health is just like seeking help and support for any physical health condition .” Any tips to manage a stressful lifestyle ? “ It is important to take breaks , both physical and mental , to give yourself the space to unwind and recoup from everything that you do daily . One must also set effective boundaries , and learn to say no . Share openly if you feel work or home-related activities are getting overwhelming or unmanageable . And build good / healthy relationships both at work and at home — a support system is necessary to survive today ’ s demanding lifestyle .”
“ I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12 and shutting down all of my emotions has had a serious effect on me . I ’ ve been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions .”— PRINCE HARRY
“ After Highway , I was depressed for a long time . I had to tell myself that I am not a pretty taxi driver and that is not my life .” — RANDEEP HOODA
“ I never , ever slept . Or I was sleeping at a perfect right angle — just sitting straight , constantly working at the same time . The expectations were eating me alive .” — RYAN REYNOLDS
“ I ’ ve discovered that anxiety and depression can be side effects of lupus . I know I am not alone , and by sharing this , I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues .” — SELENA GOMEZ
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encourage others like me to break through the stigma, come out and seek help. Most people do not seek help because society has stigmatised depression such that most people do not reveal the agony they themselves or their loved ones are going through for few of being branded as weak or mad.” And that’s what led to her founding The Live Love Laugh Foundation— an organisation that focuses on increasing awareness of mental health issues, reducing the stigma around them, and encouraging research that will help design solutions. THE EXPERTS WEIGH IN... “WAKING UP EVERY MORNING HAD BECOME A STRUGGLE.” ASK FOR HELP If you or anyone you know needs assistance, you can check out these websites: 1. White Swan Foundation www.whiteswanfoundation.org 2. It’s Ok To Talk www.itsoktotalk.in 3. The Live Love Laugh Foundation www.thelivelovelaughfoundation.org 4. Mental Health Foundation (India) www.mhfindia.org 5. The MINDS Foundation www.themindsfoundation.org “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12 and shutting down all of my emotions has had a serious effect on me. I’ve been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions.” —PRINCE HARRY DR SAMIR PARIKH Director, Department of Mental Health & Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare What are the different kinds of mental disorders? “Some of the most common disorders include depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and its spectrum, trauma, substance disorders, personality disorders, neurodevelopmental and neurocognitive disorders, as well as sleeping and eating disorders.” How can people be encouraged to pay attention to their mental health? “There has been major development in the field over the last few decades, and in the recent past. However, it’s necessary to identify the existing gaps and work on them. It is essential to ensure widespread awareness and sensitivity about mental health concerns in order to overcome the stigma.” Statistics claim that when it comes to mental illnesses, women are the worst affected around the world... “Most women are afraid to share because of the stigma around it. Listening without judgment can encourage the person (man, woman or child) in distress to share more openly and be receptive to the suggestion of seeking professional help. Mental health is as important as one’s physical health—and education about the same is the only way to reduce stigma around it.” Are there any simple exercises that can help relax the mind? “Meditation and visual imagery are very easy and effective techniques. While meditation relaxes the mind and body, it also helps improve concentration and reduce forgetfulness; visual imagery involves visualising happy moments of one’s life and reliving the joy.” DR KAMNA CHHIBBER Head, Department of Mental Health & Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Healthcare DR HARSHEN K ARORA Psychologist How can we reduce stigma around mental illnesses? “It’s important to not be dismissive or rejecting of another person’s experiences, thoughts or feelings— being available and listening to each other is helpful. Seeking help for mental health is just like seeking help and support for any physical health condition.” Any tips to manage a stressful lifestyle? “It is important to take breaks, both physical and mental, to give yourself the space to unwind and recoup from everything that you do daily. One must also set effective boundaries, and learn to say no. Share openly if you feel work or home-related activities are getting overwhelming or unmanageable. And build good/healthy relationships both at work and at home—a support system is necessary to survive today’s demanding lifestyle.” “After Highway, I was depressed for a long time. I had to tell myself that I am not a pretty taxi driver and that is not my life.” “I never, ever slept. Or I was sleeping at a perfect right angle— just sitting straight, constantly working at the same time. The expectations were eating me alive.” “I’ve discovered that anxiety and depression can be side effects of lupus. I know I am not alone, and by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their —RANDEEP HOODA —RYAN REYNOLDS own issues.” —SELE HQVԈSԑHԑPUԒQTTUS˒SUQT8" NSUSL