And We All Scream

And We All Scream

That’s my tribute to The Scream by Edvard Munch. Today is the Norwegian painter’s  154th birthday, and the fact that his painting is recognized and relevant even today is testimony to his timeless talent.  To know more about him and his work, check out his official website.  For a detailed analysis of  The Scream, head over to LEGOMENON.

 

#RedefineNormalToday – Always A Woman

Listen up, society: I look and feel like a woman even when my lips aren’t curved into a smile.

Recommended Reading:

The Sexism of Telling Women to Smile: Your Stories

Why you shouldn’t tell a woman to smile

Seriously, Why Are Women Expected to Smile All the Time?

It’s Important For Men to Understand That They Need To Stop Telling Women to Smile

This blog post is a part of The Normal Project.

World Mental Health Day: Taking Care Of Mental Health At Work

Mental Health Quote

According to research, one-third aka 30% of our lives are spent at work. That’s a big number, which is why savvy employers invest in occupational health.  Now although occupational health involves maintaining physical, mental and social well-being of employees, mental health is still largely ignored. Worse, this phenomenon is global, with the degree of ignorance varying as per culture and (lack of) awareness. With 1 in 5 people experiencing a mental health condition at work, this is a disturbing state of affairs.

Personally, I feel India is one of the countries where mental health is most severely disregarded. And this needs to be remedied immediately. On World Mental Health Day today, I wrote a piece for Indibeat on how Indian companies don’t take mental health seriously. I conclude with what they can do to enable good mental health. Do take a read to know what it’s like to work at a typical company in India.

Does your company help take care of your mental health? What does a mentally healthy workplace look like to you? Let me know  your experiences and opinions in the comments below. 

Living With Depression: Five Effective Steps To Keep Your Family And Friends Safe

Depressed Person
Photo by Noah Silliman on Unsplash

According to the WHO, every 40 seconds, one person loses their life to suicide. A global phenomenon, it has put India on the map as the country with the highest youth suicide rate. Unsurprisingly, the primary cause is depression. On World Suicide Prevention Day today, let’s take a look at what you and I can do to make living with depression easier.

Step 1: Validate its existence
First things first, let’s get this straight: depression is not mythical, it is not a way to get attention, and it certainly isn’t cool. It is a mental illness that is as real and potent as cancer. Continue reading