Let’s Have a Talk: Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

Mental health is a hush-hush topic that majority of us refrain to talk about. We have no issues in conferring to our physical discomforts that range from trivial to extreme, yet we hide our mental troubles to a great extent even from our near and dear ones. The question is, what stops us from getting help for our psychological problems? The World Mental Health Awareness Week is observed in this regard to acknowledge people going through mental issues and encourage them to come forward in order to get vital support.

Mental Health Awareness Week is celebrated from May 8th to 14th, globally. Its principal goal is to raise awareness that mental disorders require correct diagnosis and treatment, particularly from the professional psychologists. The goal is to change the negative attitude towards people going through the mental disorders and stigmatize their conditions as the traits of being an attention seeker.


Numerous campaigns are conducted during the week of Mental Health Awareness that has two main motives, acceptance and support. The psychological disorders come in varied forms. It is reported that 7 in every 10 women experiences mental disorders in their lives under the age bracket of 18-34. So what are the most common traits of mental issues?

  • The incessant feeling of not being implicit
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Persistent sadness or depression
  • Emptiness
  • Feeling trapped or suffocated consistently
  • Fear of being judged

The list does not end here. As mentioned earlier, mental issues has varied forms and requires professional help for cure. The Mental Health Awareness Week showcases many success stories of how getting professional assistance can help people in leading a normal life. Leaving the mental issues untreated can cause the victim to die within in severe cases.


Over the years, with unceasing efforts, trends have amended and people are coming forward to seek help for their mental issues, which is a widely positive aspect. Celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Robin Williams, Angelina Jolie and many others have also surfaced for acknowledging their mental issues, which further encouraged people in offering acceptance and support.

#HereForYou Campaign:

This year, Instagram has initiated the #HereForYou campaign that highlights the users and communities in creating awareness about the Mental Health issues. Limiting the glossy image of everyone’s life showcased on social media, this campaign is a good initiative in promoting the right sources that offer professional assistance to people with psychological issues. The campaign also promotes Instagramers to share their struggles and connect with people going through similar problems that will encourage them in ascertaining their emotional troubles.

Seek Help:

Mental issues can arise at any point of life, to any of us. There is nothing to feel ashamed about in seeking support. Monitor your loved ones closely in case they show consistent irrational behavior. Always remember that the professional help is just around the corner and you just have to reach out.

Participate in the Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 by sharing your activities, using #MHAW17 on your social media and encouraging others as well.


By admin At May 10, 2017


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