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Let’s Open Up

Kritika Patnaik

Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression. India is the most depressed country in the world; 1 in 20 suffer from depression and its prevalence is higher in females which is undoubted because of social stigma and abuses that they face in society.
It’s one of the most important days to be observed. The truth is none of us have a perfect life, each human is fighting his/her own battle. We don’t really know how much someone else is struggling to overcome his fears, sorrow, emptiness. We could be standing right beside someone who is completely broken and yet have no idea. Now, we live in a society where anxiety and depression are quite uncommon among teens. And honestly, it doesn’t take much time to be suicidal. According to WHO Suicide rate in India is 25.8 per Lack for men and 16.4 for women (6th highest in the world).
Having a bad day, exam, relation, a match is not the end and there is a complete good life ahead of you. If you are struggling, tell someone, you are not alone. There might be 100 against you but keep that 10 people who love and support you and there must be at least one who would help you out. There’s nothing wrong to open up. Recovery in mental health is not about making the feelings go away but it’s all about learning to handle them in a new way. IT’S OKAY NOT TO BE OKAY. Just talk and remember that you are not alone in this.

The Writer is a student of DAV Public School, Bhubaneswar, and all opinions and suggestions are her personal.

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