Monday, March 18, 2019

#AtoZChallenge #MentalHealthAwarenss Theme for 2019

This is my 5th consecutive year at #AtoZChallenge, what I love the most here is the sharing of knowledge and creation of quality intellectual property.

My previous themes have been:

This time I have chosen MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS as my theme.

Though May is the month for mental health awareness, I thought April would be a good time to talk about it and at a widespread global platform like A to Z Challenge. 

Mental Health is one of the four pillars of health and in our part of the world still riddled with deep stigma, taboo and lack of awareness. 

Being a depression survivor myself and also an Oesteoid Oesteoma and Fibromyalgia survivor,both Chronic Invisible Illnesses that have huge mental heath implications, I think it is time we start building safe and non-judgmental spaces in India to talk about mental health.

I think it was only appropriate that I use my blog and the platform of #AtoZ to speak about mental health and contribute in my own small way towards awareness.

In 2015 a study conducted by the Word Health Organization indicated that one in five Indians may suffer from depression in their lifetime, equivalent to 200 million people.

Intentional Self harm (Suicide) is the second most common cause of death in population with in the age group of 15 to 29, and one of the top ten causes of death among the general population of India.
Due to the stigma associated with mental illness, a lack of awareness, and limited access to professional help, only 10-12% of these sufferers will seek help.There is a huge need to sensitize and educate people about the signs and symptoms of mental illness and normalize the idea of seeking support for themselves and their loved ones.

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Shalini said...

What a beautiful theme this is, Pooja! I'm glad you decided to write on this topic. Looking forward to reading your posts. Happy A to Z :)

Deliciously Alive said...

A very important topic, Pooja. Coming from someone who has been throught it and come through it, it is sure to be more insightful.

Pooja Priyamvada said...

Thanks Shalini, looking forward to some awesome co-learning

Pooja Priyamvada said...

Thanks Mayuri, yes shared information becomes knowledge. Thanks!

Arlee Bird said...

This truly is an important topic. My youngest brother, who died 2 years ago, had spent most of his adult life of 40 years in institutional surroundings. It was tough for all of the family to deal with.

Hope your blog posts have a far reach.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

Pooja Priyamvada said...

So sorry for your loss Arlee, believe me in this part of the world it is even tougher. Your constant support and guidance has always meant much as a mentor at A to Z. Thanks a lot!

Rachna said...

This is really a topic we all can do with reading and talking more about, Pooja. I am looking forward to your posts. Good luck!

Pooja Priyamvada said...

Thanks Rachna! Yes lets hope so.

The Book Club said...

What a lovely theme Pooja. The world needs to talk about this every day. Of of the most misunderstood topics for a layman to understand the depth of it.

Josna said...

So glad you have chosen this important theme, Pooja. I look forward to visiting during the Challenge. All the best!

A Tarkabarka Hölgy said...

A very important theme! Let's fight the stigma! Looking forward to this.

The Multicolored Diary

Pooja Priyamvada said...

Thank you so much, I do not know how much it will be possible to explore the depth of the topic bit we can certainly begin conversations around it.

Pooja Priyamvada said...

Thanks Josna, yes it is topic close to my heart.

Pooja Priyamvada said...

Yes we must fight the stigma ! thanks!

Shilpa Garg said...

This is such an important topic that needs a LOT of awareness. I am looking forward to read your posts. All the best, Pooja!

Nilanjana Bose said...

That is a very important theme, kudos to you for tackling a topic that needs discussion! All the very best.

Pooja Priyamvada said...

Thanks Shilpa

The Novice Soul said...

This is an extremely relevant topic in the prevailing times. Would love to keep a track of your posts.

Sonia Chatterjee said...

I'm so glad that you chose to write about this Pooja. Knowing you, I am sure that you are going to enlighten the world about a topic that really needs to be discussed. Looking forward to your posts this April.

Pooja Priyamvada said...

Thanks The Novice Soul, would love to receive feedback

Pooja Priyamvada said...

Thanks Sonia for having so much faith in me, hoping to hear from you frequently here.

A Lady Lawyer said...

This is a wonderful theme. Really the need of the hour.
Noor Anand Chawla

Pooja Priyamvada said...

Thanks Noor

Pooja Priyamvada said...

Than you so much Nilanjana

Deborah Weber said...

A powerful theme to explore during April - looking forward to your posts.

Shilpa Gupte said...

A topic we all need to discuss frankly! The stigma attached to mental illness needs to be wiped out completely, else there will be so many lives getting ruined.
Looking forward to reading your posts, Pooja!

Dani said...

YES!!! I WILL be following your posts in April for sure. I am an AFSP committee for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health awareness. I am so interested in what you have to share. Much love.

Entertaing Interests

Astrid said...

This is such an important topic. I chose it for A to Z in 2016 too. I didn’t know there’sthis much stigma in India though, so thanks for raising more awareness.

Astrid said...

Third time attempting to comment. Since I am a fellow mental health survivor and covered this topic on A to Z in 2016, I would like to encourage you on it. It’s such an important topic.

shubhra rastogi said...

Great theme. My theme is also on the same but only for children. Lokking forward to reading your posts.

Sundari Venkatraman said...

I would love to read more on this subject. Looking forward to reading your posts on Mental Health Awareness, Pooja. Wish you the best with A2Z challenge this year

Pooja Priyamvada said...

Thanks Deborah

Pooja Priyamvada said...

Yes Shilpa, we need more voice here

Pooja Priyamvada said...

That's great Shubhr....let us co-learning.thanks!

Pooja Priyamvada said...

Thanks Sundari

Neha Sharma said...

This is such an important topic which needs to be spread to the masses, I will be following up your posts. All the best for April!

Pooja Priyamvada said...

Thanks Neha

Printed Portal said...

Fantastic Theme. We need to talk about this more. Looking forward to it.

Pradeep Nair said...

My debut in this Challenge was only last year, though I have been blogging and writing otherwise for a long long time. I have decided on my theme finally.
Yours is a very relevant one especially nowadays. Looking forward to reading your posts.

Pooja Priyamvada said...

Thanks Printed portal

Pooja Priyamvada said...

Thanks Pradeep Nair

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