Editor’s Pick

Even since 1949, Mental Health America and its affiliate organisations began observing May as the Mental Health. The goal of the month is to bring the discussion around mental health to every home through media, local events, and screenings.

In keeping with this spirit, SPRF has curated three in-house papers and two mental health resources to encourage and nuance the discourse around mental health.

SPRF Recommended Research

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“Children from impoverished households are resorting to taking their own lives to save their parents from the same ill fate. A 17 year old girl from the Atur district committed suicide by consuming pesticide. Her final note expressed wanting to relieve her father of her marriage expenses and even appealed to banks and moneylenders to not harass her father anymore.

Among other things, these altruistic suicides are born from the combination of meagre incomes, unpaid debt burdens on families, collective trauma of witnessing multiple suicides, and the childrens’ constant fear regarding the well-being of their own family members.”

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“The chief selling point of virtual therapy is anonymity. People can download mental health applications in their personal capacity without needing to inform family members. Wysa, for instance, markets itself as a “4 am friend” which ensures privacy and refrains from judgement and opinion [17]. These features make the platforms particularly appealing to adolescents and young adults, who may find it easier to share their troubles in virtual therapy without fear of judgement.”

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“US-based research shows that one-fourth of all military members have symptoms of at least one mental health condition, and one-tenth of them qualify for a diagnosis of two or more mental illnesses. Some soldiers do enter the military with mental health problems, but most are acquired while in service.”

Mental Health Resources

This illustrated work is a stress management guide for coping with adversity. The guide aims to equip people with practical skills to help cope with stress. The techniques include building awareness, grounding, notice and name, unhooking from unkind thoughts, and being kind to yourself. The guide may be used alone or with the accompanying audio exercises which are available in multiple languages including English and Urdu.

A list of mental health apps offering Peer to peer support and help with the process of management and coping during times of distress; some apps provide online therapists too. 

These are available on both android and iOS.

 

Part of a larger curated resource by Epcita Shukla.
Curated by Riya Singh Rathore, Dakshta Ahlawat, Soumya Singhal and Ritwiz Sarma.