Mental Health — A Big Taboo in Our Society

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Mental Health in Pakistan is a big Taboo. People are hesitant to talk about their mental illness or problems.

Ironically, there are around 400 professional psychiatrists working in Pakistan, having a population of 220 million people.

It means there is one psychiatrist available for estimated 500000 people.

In our civil society, people avoid mental health talks or consultations. It is considered a serious health concern, in spite of that, mental health is in negation and a less discussed subject.

Due to less focus on mental health, the quality of care provided for people with mental conditions are deficient.

The societal factor is one of the major reasons, it causes a person to fall more victim to his mental condition.

Women as compared to men, who suffer from mental health concerns are less likely to discuss their consultation because of being judged or thought of as crazy people.

Instead of taking the proper route, people go to #spiritual healers and charlatans.

In Pakistan, the traditional approach to deal mental illnesses is a spiritual or faith healing process.

Most people consider it supernatural or paranormal ascendancy, or Blackmagic, evil eye, which is the major source of mental care in Pakistan.

What makes people choose this pseudo-scientific dangerous way?

The answer is ‘faith’ because of strong beliefs people are more prone to seek help from spiritual healers or messiahs or black magic baba.

The major proportion of masses who do this kind of activity is from rural areas & uneducated. But the minor population of well-educated ones is also there on this web.

There are thousands of fake faith healers who are playing with innocent lives.

These faith healers and fake charlatans are a menace to society.

In the current situation, the country is on the verge of a shrinking economy, inflation, religious and cultural discrimination, hate and extremism, a hot climate, unemployment, and numerous social issues which directly trigger the anxiety and depression in youths as well in adults.

Our feeds on Social media are filled with induced posts & videos and memes also culture is a few ways of their coping mechanism.

Most people are trying to get out of Pakistan.

In 2019, 496,286 Pakistanis left the country to chase the jobs across the globe. In this 2022 year, May, 341,187 people left Pakistan.

Those who are here, still fighting the Darwinian battle of the survival of the fittest.

~ Rabinder Kumar

June 2022



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