Mental health is a critical challenge for young people

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kieran1We are called together to work as a community because one in four of us will suffer from a mental health illness in our life meaning that it would be anyone you know at any time. We may not even realise it and when we do, we do not know who to turn to for help. I believe that as a community we need to work together to raise awareness and offer support to each other when it is needed so that others know that there is a support network around them and feel comfortable opening up and speaking out about what they are going through.

kieran2The values that unite us all are compassion and empathy due to the fact that even though we may not know or have a full understanding of what others are going through, we are able to put ourselves in their shoes and try to imagine what it would feel like for them and use this as a method of support. There is a distinction between sympathy and empathy which could make a big difference when trying to help someone. Below is a short video explaining this and the things that really matter when offering a helping hand.

My aim is to create a network amongst other ways through which those suffering with a mental health illness and those around them, have a better understanding and insight into the prevention, detection and treatment of mental health illnesses. I also hope to break down the barriers that can often prevent people from opening up and communicating about issues that they may have.

I am focusing particularly on the younger generation as mental health issues are becoming more common among the youth and also within the South Asian community where there are a lot of misconceptions and judgment surrounding mental illness. I would like to better grasp their perceptions around mental health, thus not only being able to challenge their ideas, but to educate and inform them of these issues.

kieran3I have a strong belief that I went through all of my struggles and hardships for a reason. Although it was an incredibly difficult time for me, I am a much stronger person and have learnt so much that I can carry forward with me but to also share and inspire others. What matters to me now is that I have chosen to use my experience to not only help others but to make a change as I have witnessed the negative connotations attached to mental illnesses.

Mental health is a critical challenge in the community as it has escalated due to various factors, but is also being overlooked. As a result, it is currently affecting so many lives and others lives are potentially at risk. We now as a community have both a choice and an opportunity to make changes towards the attitude we have towards mental health and challenge stigmatic views and the taboo surrounding it.

kieran4My role in all of this is simply that I want to show to others that mental health is something important and therefore worth being talked about. I want to get across to others that may be suffering with a mental health illness that they are not alone and recovery is possible with hard work and the right support system around them.

Our solution to this ongoing and escalating issue is to raise awareness so that prevention and detection is a lot easier and mental illness is not treated as a myth or unimportant. We should give those who are suffering some hope and motivation to be able to seek help and get better. We can make this happen even by the smallest of actions and could really impact and save a person’s life.


~ “Consider becoming the type of energy that no matter where you go or where you are, you always add value to the spaces and lives of those around you”-  India Ame’ye

~ “Aspire to be a giver. A giver of love, a giver of good vibes and a giver of strength”

~ “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”- Lao Tzu

~ “Life damages us, everyone, we can’t escape that damage. But now, I am also learning this: we can be mended. We mend each other” -Veronica Roth

This blog entry has been written using a framework introduced by Marshall Ganz and his concept of public narrative. Read more here

Kieran is a Chakra ’16 Intern working with Lightseekers.

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