Mental Health Awareness - Need of the hour!

"According to WHO, by the end of 2020 Depression will be the second greatest disability in the world..the first one being blindness."

"Nearly three in four young people fear the reactions of friends when they talk about their mental health problems."

"9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination."

Mental health has always been the poor cousin compared to Physical health. It gets treated just like that giant elephant in the living room that no one wants to talk about. Gradually, we are witnessing a change in the society with more and more people coming up and talking about their mental health issues and lot of focus on this topic through ad campaigns, Ted talks etc.

For anyone who has witnessed these problems, coming ahead and sharing their experience is a BIG thing which many people fail to understand. But despite all the efforts being taken by NGOs, health agencies and individuals including celebrities there is still so much ignorance and lack of knowledge about this very important aspect of our health that it literally numbs me.

Last month, we were sitting at a friend's place and got to know that a young chap from the same building committed suicide by jumping from his balcony couple of days ago. Reason- he had lost his job 2 months ago and was depressed. While I shuddered with the shock and grief, what broke my heart was the fact that few people in that room were laughing and making fun of that guy. They were wondering how could someone commit suicide just because of a SMALL (in their words) thing like job loss.

At that moment, it hit me that there is still a long way to go in terms of spreading awareness about mental health and encouraging people to KNOW about it. I felt those words were so insulting to that poor guy who must have suffered so much to reach to a decision to end his life. He can be termed as a coward very easily by few people but who knows how hard he must have tried to fight off the dark thoughts. He could have been saved if he would have found someone to share his feelings with, without the fear of being judged or ridiculed. He could have been saved if someone would have touched his hand and said "I understand" or "you can talk to me". He could have been saved if he had turned to Self help or tons of Mental health helplines. But again, all this would have happened only if there was awareness!

I am neither a health professional nor an expert on this topic but all I have is a passion towards health and that includes mental well being. All I wish is that more and more people take out some time to read about mental health and look around. Who knows they might find someone fighting his/ her demons silently! And I wish people also educate themselves for their own selves. To know when and where to seek help if God forbid they ever find themselves in this situation.

Life is too short so live and love it!

Weekend Trip to Rishikesh, India

My husband and daughter’s birthday fall just one day apart in May and we always try to celebrate these two days by going on a short trip.

Last year, we decided to go to some hilly area to get a respite from Delhi’s heat but we were not looking for the usual touristy location. We just wanted to relax and spend two days close to the nature and hence we zeroed on the area around Rishikesh - a city in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand, in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River.

As we wanted to spend these two days in a tranquil and serene environment we looked for places around the city rather than main Rishikesh city.The place has some great resorts to choose from and after doing our research we finalized a boutique resort “Raga on the Ganges". This resort is around 30 Km away from Rishikesh on the Devprayag road and there are various options nearby like rafting, trekking etc. It is built on a hill and offers gorgeous view of the valley along with River Ganga.

Working vs Stay at Home Mother - Do we really need this debate?

Being a working mother, I get asked a lot of time - how do you give time to your kid? Doesn't she feel lonely or left out? It must be very hard for her?

To all these questions, I have only one answer - Quality is important than quantity. I feel confident when my daughter showers me with hugs and kisses, tells me how much she is proud of me and how well I take care of her. That reaffirms my belief and also the fact that I do not need to give justification to others.

I am not a judgmental person at all and do not like to be judged too. But then I don't feel offended also when I get bombarded with these questions. This confidence stems from the fact that I have a wonderful inspiration in front of me - my mom! Just like my daughter, I was also an only child and my mother used to work full time. But still, she structured her work life so beautifully around me that I did not feel left out or yearning for her love even for a second. I knew that I was the center of her universe and her will power and ability to balance everything so well instilled the Quality vs Quantity belief in me.

Book Review - Lady, You're Not a Man! by Apurva Purohit

Being a working woman, I am always on the lookout for good Self help/career related books written by women as they offer insights from our perspective. Somehow all the ones I had read so far were good but a little preachy and I was yearning for something which talks about things in a lighter sense.

I chanced upon the name of this book while reading a career blog (I dont remember the name of the blog, sorry!) and thought maybe this could be the one. Also, it was coming from none other than the CEO of Radio City so I ordered it online along with two other books mentioned in one of my earlier posts.