Sound Mental Health Isn’t A Destination, It’s A Continuous Journey!

Kapil Dev's recent comments on the mental health struggles of the present generation reflects the regressive and the harmful mindset of the past.


Kapil Dev’s recent remark on mental health amongst millennials or even generation Z has created quite a stir as this is quite unacceptable, especially when he’s hailed as a hero by most of us.

This looked quite like a break from the fantasy or fall from grace kind of a situation. Dev’s comment came in as an insolence when he dismissed pressure as an excuse to evade academics or even extracurricular activities.

However, his stance came in as a stark yet shocking similarity with a distant relative, or a neighbourhood uncle’s one stop solution of— “Wake up early, and see how it changes your life!”

Therapy is still frowned upon

This also unfortunately reminds us of our parents or guardians from the previous generation, for whom a discussion on mental health issues or resorting to therapy is something that’s unheard of.

Or worse. A prestige issue. 

According to a report, India was one of the most essential WHO member countries to have established its National Mental Health Programme (NMHP) in 1982 in accordance with WHO’s recommendations to deliver mental health services.

Thus, these so-called American terms (as quoted by Kapil Dev) as depression, mental health, and pressure were acknowledged way before he created history in June 1983. 

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Suicides amongst young people is on all-time high

Various reports suggest suicide amongst youth or even children are on an all-time high and these invariably end up being so due to “family pressures”; having mentioned that even my childhood back in late 80s was quite akin to most individuals born and bred that time wherein we were spanked, humiliated or labelled useless, stupid by the fees paying parents and other relations in the household.

Not to forget the outburst when one decided to plan an alternate career and not engineering or medical. 

According to reports, approximately 13.5 lakh students appear for the medical entrance exam every year for a total of 6,4000 seats. A similar number sits for the JEE for about 10,000 seats across 23 IITs.

However, if questioned, most of these students do not aspire for the same; mostly it is the family that insists on such an act in order to uphold their prestige amongst their peers. 

So it is time that individuals and most importantly public figures who are either celebrated or worshipped, like Kapil Dev, should be more mindful while making such statements. Anxiety, depression, stress, or even pressure are not mere terms that one would throw around just like that.

The concept of— “If you accept the bouquet, you must accept the brickbats,” is no longer acceptable as times have changed, and so have the mindset of people. 

Image source: Fat Camera, via Getty Images, free on canvapro

[If you or someone you know is having mental issues, do seek help immediately. Quick action can save a life.]

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