Mental Health: A Part of Pakistan's Curriculum

There’s this stigma built around mental health, specifically in Pakistan, that prevents people from talking about it, almost as if it’s something to be ashamed of. Moreover, with growing awareness about the subject around the world, there’s still this backward notion being dragged along by the people of Pakistan.
With the major role being played by friends and family, mental health is not just an issue faced by the less literate/less privileged class of people. In fact, this problem is constantly being faced by the lower class as well as the elite class and everything in between, if you may.
This stigmatic culture has been affecting young minds drastically, which are said to be the asset to a nation, and this notion has been extremely toxic to the population, including, but not limited to, school-going children and adolescents as well as college and university students.
It needs to stop, and there are certain steps that can be taken to reduce it, if not completely stop it.
Parents and teachers need to understand that children under their guidance are living, breathing human beings, and not data-producing machines, and stop putting unrealistic expectations into them. Parents should let their children decide what they’re interested in and let them pursue their interests; teachers need to help students find what they’re made for and help them see what they’re capable of, instead of measuring their worth through the criteria of their perceived grades.
Relatives, as well, need to stop shaming children into thinking they’re defined by their grades.
Everyone has a role to play to break this toxic stigma and everyone has to be mature enough to prevent consequences as destructive as suicide. Moreover, it can be suggested that mental health education be provided to students from lower classes to higher secondary as well as at least one subject should be built around the subject of mental health in higher courses of education.
Through guiding students of young age and fragile minds that way, with the help of hiring qualified and worthy professionals, Pakistani society can predictably do well in the area of mental health throughout the population.
Now, it cannot be said for sure that it’ll certainly help kill the stigma drastically and instantly, but it can be predicted if mental health be a part of the curriculum, the society can be put on the way to betterment in well-being, and the suicide rates in Pakistani students, that are going up noticeably, can gradually, if not drastically, be brought down to an extent.
Moreover, having the programs that deal with parents and teachers with upgrading their notions around the subject can be of help in them dealing with children/students pleasantly. With constancy in enforcing such programs and looking after the effectiveness in hiring the professionals in order to guide the students, progress should be very much visible. It would certainly also help produce more effective entrepreneurs and professionals in respective fields, and there would be more prosperity in the country as a whole, affects of which should also be seen in the collective economy.
All of this is said keeping in mind the falling conditions of mental health, growing rate of suicide in students–which is a result of many variables, such as, low grades, parental pressure, teachers’ attitude, and more–and all the taboos built around mental health–such as, ‘men don’t cry’, and so many more.
It’s twenty-first century, the world has gone to the moon and beyond, and yet all these taboos are still held so close and are affecting people so much, and not just in Pakistan.
The population needs instant compliance to the helpful solutions to fight this stigma together.

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