It Is Crucial To Recognise Mental Well-Being As A Universal Right

Gender roles and discrimination often lead to negligence in women’s mental health. As the world still picks up its pace with COVID-19 in remission, mental health care professionals have seen a drastic rise in anxiety and depression

Miti Shah
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On October 10, the world comes together to celebrate World Mental Health Day, and this year, we emphasise the importance of mental health as a universal human right.


Mismatched gender roles and discrimination often have led to negligence in women’s mental health. As the world still picks up its pace with COVID-19 in remission, mental health care professionals have seen a drastic rise in anxiety and depression.

In a rapidly evolving world, women play multifaceted roles – from caregivers to professionals, partners to leaders. However, these diverse roles often come with unique mental health challenges. It's crucial to acknowledge and address these issues to ensure the well-being of women in India. 25% of women have been diagnosed with mental health disorders which is almost double the mental health issues faced by men in India.

Cultural Stigma

India's traditional values can sometimes lead to a stigma around women's mental health. Many women hesitate to seek help due to fear of judgment. To address this issue, we must start by breaking the silence surrounding women's mental health. Educational campaigns and community discussions can play a pivotal role in raising awareness and reducing the stigma.

Gender-Based Violence

Women in India face a higher risk of domestic violence and harassment. Such traumatic experiences can have a severe impact on mental health. It's crucial to provide immediate support to survivors and ensure that they have access to counselling and legal assistance. Statistics reveal that 60% of women who experience abuse suffer from anxiety or depression. 


Work-Life Balance & Flexibility

Balancing career and family responsibilities can be overwhelming. Women often struggle with guilt and stress, impacting their mental well-being. Encouraging flexible work policies and shared domestic responsibilities can significantly reduce this burden. 

Maternal Mental Health

20% of new mothers in India experience postpartum depression which are two common mental health concerns after childbirth with added responsibilities. Mindfulness practices, yoga, and stress management techniques can help women cope with these demands.

Socioeconomic Factors

Economic disparities can limit women's access to mental healthcare. By investing in affordable and accessible mental health services, we can bridge this gap.


Education and Empowerment

Promoting education and empowering women can boost self-esteem and resilience. Advocacy for policies that promote gender equality, mental health awareness, and access to care is paramount. 

It's time to shift the narrative and create a future where women in India thrive emotionally and mentally. As we commemorate this day, it's vital not only to recognise the challenges women face but also to provide substantial tips to cope with mental health concerns.

  • Seek out resources and information about mental health. Understanding your condition is the first step.
  • Get help from a mental health care practitioner and allied doctors to help you with your physical health. A mind-body connection is real.
  • Prioritise self-care practices such as meditation, journaling, or relaxation exercises.
  • Join local or online support groups where you can share experiences, find encouragement, and learn from others facing similar challenges.
  • Establish boundaries in your personal and professional life to avoid overextending yourself. Delegate tasks at home and work.
  • Utilise community health centres and government programs that offer affordable mental health services.

Suggested Reading: The Downward Spiral: Why Depression Needs Urgent Attention In India

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