Charles Palahniuk is one of the most famous American novelists and journalists. He is the author of the award-winning novel Fight Club. In his famous novel, he quotes a line which seems so apt in today's world that I couldn't stop myself from sharing it. “We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”
These words echo in my ears when I read them in my mind or out loud. How true is this? We don't have any big war to fight or be a part of a rebellion to feed ourselves. We are the generation-Y, the middle generation who don't have to drag themselves to the office every day and earn meagre pays. We are more connected (thanks to the internet) now than ever and yet, we are so far apart from each other as humans. And this leads to thought suppression and ultimately, depression.
Although putting depression in one bracket and saying that this is the only reason due to which it happens but still, our lives are such that we have nowhere to put out brains into. Our generation doesn't want to share thoughts with their loved ones, let one with any stranger. We don't even hang out with our friends anymore and if we do, all we are doing is staring down at our mobile phones. This disconnection among ourselves leads to thought suppression which turns into a disability which stops us from sharing our real problems with anyone.
Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay. It is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against any kind of social stigma. On this day, thousands of supporters come to celebrate this annual awareness program to bring attention to mental illness and its major effects on peoples' life worldwide.
On this day, even though thousands of people will gather around the world to create awareness regarding mental health and its stigmas, there are still countries, not even cities but countries which are not recognizing mental problems as illness. They are living in a self-made bubble in which they deny the existence of any kind of mental problems. Our generation needs to realize that even though we are suffering from our own problems, we still need to find a way and fight the 'Spiritual fight' all the way through.