Mental illness is something of a taboo topic in most cultures, across racial demographics, and the repercussions of overlooking it are devastating. According to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) ‘Every 40 seconds someone in the world loses their life to suicide. Every 40 seconds a family is devastated by the loss of their loved one to suicide.’
‘Don’t be such a girl, real men don’t cry’. Believe it or notthese kind of statements can actually destroy a person’s character although they’re meant to strengthen them. The opening quote from SADAG reveals just how serious mental illness is and the normality of it to go undetected.
Psychiatrists encourage parents to enquire why their child is crying, for example, as opposed to reprimanding them because the root of their despair might be greater than what they anticipate. Speaking to the affected party can help them confide in the listener and heal through expressing their frustrations. A lot of individuals who fall victim to the stigma surrounding mental illness end up succumbing to their depression which leads to suicide.
On this World Mental Health Day Gauteng News would like to encourage more interaction regarding mental health because a person’s smile could be a façade that hides a broken spirit.
If you are worried about someone you love and suspect that they might need SADAG to intervene please contact the organisation on the provided details:
0800 456 789