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Embracing May: A Journey of Mental Health Awareness Month through Aakar

The Nepal Weekly
May 23, 2023

By Roman Prajapati

May is not just an ordinary month but is also considered as Mental Health Awareness Month. It has been observed in the United States since 1949 by Mental Health America but as for Nepal, it is more of a concern for now to address the emerging situation. It’s a time when we come together as a society to raise awareness, reduce stigma, and promote mental well-being.

The overarching goal of Mental Health Awareness Month is to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental health issues. By promoting open conversations, education, and empathy, we aim to create an environment where individuals can seek help without fear of judgment or discrimination. This month serves as a reminder to prioritize self-care, support those struggling, and advocate for mental health as an essential component of overall well-being.

Aakar has been dedicated to providing mental health awareness for the past few years through community schools and other organizations. It focuses more on providing education, shattering the barriers regarding mental health, supporting self-care, and working more on the preventive approach.

Considering this month, Aakar has launched the program with the theme given by Mental Health America, “Look around, Look within.” to raise awareness regarding mental health. It is necessary to challenge yourself to examine your world and how it can affect your overall health. The program is divided into three phases, first preparatory, second community school, third will be for college students. The first phase was completed within the group which has already been completed on May 18. The program includes different stakeholders from the diverse background to come together to engage in meaningful discussions, raised awareness, and demonstrated our unwavering support for those impacted by mental health challenges.

May, Mental Health Awareness Month, offers an opportunity for us to come together and acknowledge the significance of mental well-being. Let’s break the stigma, educate ourselves and others, prioritize self-care, support those in need, and advocate for better mental health resources. By doing so, we can foster a more compassionate and understanding society, where mental health is treated with the importance it deserves, not just in May, but throughout the year.