Because we don’t know the history, condemning mental health profession becomes easier... !
Gunamudian David Boaz who was one of the first psychologist in India. He worked hard day and night to establish first department of psychology at Madras University with the influence of Sir CV Raman.Sir Narendranath Sen Gupta who is known as the father of Modern Psychology in India. He also worked hard and established the psychology department in university of Calcutta.
So few people know of this history because people generally don’t think that psychology is such a fair subject to remember such people. This makes the whole thing sadder. Because we don’t know the history, condemning mental health profession becomes easier. The life of mental health professionals is largely a secret and hence nobody knows how challenging but yet rewarding the life of a mental health professional can be! The mental health awareness has to start somewhere with an utmost respect for the profession. This is the way after all it happens for other professions. This is a reality that India in fact is racing a shortage of enough psychologists, psychiatrist and other mental health professions. We need to spread awareness by respecting the profession then the respect and seriousness of mental health automatically becomes visible to people.
As above I said, awareness programs are been conducted thankfully like “mental health awareness project”. The schools and colleges are at least celebrating World Mental Health Day. The Government of India is also conducting National Mental Health programme. In movies like “Dear zindagi” where Alia Bhatt who is going through childhood trauma blockages. She had relationship problems with parents and her dating life. It was psychologist(played by Shahrukh Khan)who in a conference tells that his parents lied to their relatives that he is a psychologist because they were ashamed of telling their relatives that his profession consist of treating mental illness. Such movies make us aware of the fact that mental health in society is a real issue. We should not forget that brain is also part of our body and having problems in its functional unit i.e. mind should not be taken as a taboo. Because a mental pain is as real as a physical pain and hence needs treatment.
Finally I will end with the Quote by Deepika Padukone, “People talk about physical fitness, but mental health is equally important. I see people suffering, and their families feel a sense of shame about it, which doesn't help. One needs support and understanding. I am now working on an initiative to create awareness about anxiety and depression and help people.” She is so much right, we are all fighting our battles, then why not let the pain caused by them which is passing through our veins become light of peace and calm and acceptance and mostly awareness so the world can heal itself under its wings. Happy Mental Health Awareness!
But I won’t mind greeting you with this- the entire year. It after all doesn’t need a particular day to wish…