Our attitude towards mental illness is one where we are happy to post hashtags on #mentalhealthmatters, but perhaps, we have yet to establish comfort zones where we can accept, understand & allow such individuals to co-habit & share spaces with us. Why do we have to place these people in ‘safe areas’ or relegated as ‘crazy when all they need is, a little more love, care, attention & an acceptance that although they might never recover, they can lead a fulfilling life with life time medication & care amidst us.
Families Who Struggle To Cope With The Mentally Ill
Saraab has attempted to throw light on the trauma suffered by a person afflicted by Schizophrenia (and mental illness) in our society as well as the intense challenges faced by a family who wants to give help and support, as well as a family who fails to understand or inform themselves of the illness.
Our Cultural Conditioning To Resort To Prayers Without Medication
Saraab also shed light on the impulse to solve mental illness with taaweez etc. while there is power in prayers, medical intervention cannot be replaced & can mean a matter of life & death. Our inherent conditioning to resort to taaweez & dua for mental health treatment has consistently delayed medical treatment for mental illness. Because we are ignorant of the challenges & condition in itself, we fear its manifestation, and react in irrational ways to deal with it.
Why relatives & Friends Might Need To Seek Therapy As Well
Managing & tending to someone with a mental illness can be a very emotionally draining & traumatic life experience. We might need to seek therapy ourselves in order to help us help them better (and keep our own mental health intact).
Watch The Final Episode of Saraab
We recommend you to just watch the final episode of Saraab which will give you a flavour of exactly how we can try to understand individuals who suffer from, & their loved ones who try to care for those suffering from mental illness. It might bring you one step closer to understanding the sensitivities that are involved in a very complex issue. Mental illness exists, and just because we don’t talk about it doesn’t mean we can wish it away.
Before you close the chapter on this one, ask yourselves if you will welcome a child afflicted by mental illness to befriend yours – that’s just a beginning.
May we be a source of support & strength for those who need our help, rather than shunning them to the peripheries of society while we pretend they don’t exist – because, like we said, we can’t, and we shouldn’t wish them away…that is what being human is all about.
Shazia likes to pen her thoughts when she feels passionately about a life experience, a person or an event. She is mother to 3 lively boys and along with her husband, attempts to settle in her new country by taking German lessons so she is able to soak in the culture, language and spirit of the region.
“Wake up in the morning, take a deep breath and exhale! Keep on living with a passion that inspires others! “