IT ALL STARTS WITH
For generations, we’ve been told a story – an incomplete and misinformed one. We saw this story in the movies we watched, we listened to it in our music, we read it in the language of the news, and we listened to it at our religious institutions. Culture and tradition preserved this misinformed narrative of mental health being a taboo, a penance for evil, a weakness and something that needed to be caste away. As children, we teased and laughed at this story.
AND WHAT IS THIS NARRATIVE?
It’s that ill mental health is madness and anyone who is struggling is weak and attention-seeking. It’s that belief in God and having mental health challenges cannot coexist in one person. It is that asking for help and being vulnerable is weakness and we can all somehow pray without taking action.
People don’t have places they can talk without fear and be heard without judgment. People can’t say that they are not okay. People are expected to bottle up and sweep traumatic life experiences under the rug. And more and more people are taking their lives ‘for no apparent reason’. This must change.
(this is how we’re changing the story)