I am so excited and proud to start off this AtoZChallenge with the work of none other than that of my amazing cousin, Sonaksha. I still remember the day she was born, and her big round eyes! Now, she has metamorphosized into an adult with multiple talents: a writer, an artist, even a book illustrator. This post features her recent artwork in the field of mental health, which has already been covered by various publications including Huffpost, Buzzfeed and the likes(yes, she is famous, I am just encroaching a bit on her moment of glory).
Mental health, unlike physical health, is hardly spoken about and understood even less. There is a huge taboo surrounding it and very little information. A couple of years back, for a period of time, I was under depression. Though depression is something a lot of people go through, it was still very difficult for people around me to understand. “No one gets it”, that is how I felt. It is obviously even worse with other mental health problems, which most people can’t get their head around. It is important there is a space created to talk about it, to facilitate those who need help to be able to get it without prejudice. It should be as simple as going to a doctor when we have a fever. That is why conversations such as those initiated like by Sonaksha are so relevant and important.
She decided it was high time someone spoke up, and if not her then who? She gets her message across through social channels through a combination of art and words. She posts every day about the various challenges, assumptions, and words flung at people suffering from mental illnesses with an aim to educate people by busting various myths around it. Here is some of her work as part of the series.
To learn more about mental health, do visit her Facebook page.