Break The Stigma: Depression, Anxiety, & Our Mental Health
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines mental health not in terms of the absence of signs or symptoms of mental illness but rather in terms of the capacity to cope with life, and to contribute fruitfully in work and in the wider community. It is estimated than 1 out of every 5 adults worldwide struggle with their mental health and around 20% of the world’s children & adolescents have a mental health condition, with suicide the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year-olds.
However, research shows that more than half of the people don't look for or receive the help that they need. People often avoid or delay seeking treatment due to concerns about being treated differently as there is still a certain level of shame that society places on people who live with a mental illness or seek help for emotional distress, such as anxiety or depression. For instance, people living with depression are often stereotyped as lazy, while some judge those with anxiety as cowardly. Furthermore, many people fear being labeled “crazy” for simply seeking support from a therapist.
How can we break the stigma towards mental health issues and if we are struggling with our mental health, how can we get the help that we need? Even if we’re not struggling, how can we be there for those that are?
The next edition of EDGETalk Online is coming up this 9th of July, from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM entitled Break The Stigma: Depression, Anxiety, & Our Mental Health and we’ll be having Dr. Hera Lukman as our guest speaker. Dr. Hera is a registered Chartered Health Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and has taught undergraduate and postgraduate Psychology at several Universities in the UK and Malaysia for over 20 years.
Dr Hera Lukman
Dr Hera Lukman is a registered Chartered Health Psychologist with the British Psychological Society. For over 20 years, Hera has taught undergraduate and postgraduate Psychology at several Universities in the UK and Malaysia. She is currently working with various communities, particularly those within the education and faith-based institutions, to improve mental health literacy. Hera’s short-term goal is to develop informed communities of educators, faith leaders, peers and family members who understand their role in promoting mental health and who proactively provide effective mental health care to those struggling with mental health problems. In time, she hopes that such effort can help reduce the effects of stigma and misconceptions associated with mental distress and/or mental disorders. Her ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for individuals living with mental health challenges.
This event is completely free and we’ll be hosting it exclusively on Zoom. It’s happening on the 9th of July, 2022 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM. Tell a friend about this and sign up today!
Speaker: Dr Hera Lukman
Date: 9th July 2022
Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM