World Mental Health Day: Sanam Saeed encourages people to speak up, seek support

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KARACHI: Pakistani actor and singer Sanam Saeed has urged people to speak up about seek support about mental health.

In a message on the occasion of the World Mental Health Dayon Thursday, the 34-year-old actress said that millions suffer from mental health issues at some point time in their life.

“This World Mental Health Day, as always, we want to encourage people to speak up and help initiate conversations around mental health. There are millions around us who suffer from mental health issues at some point in their life— as important as it is for people to speak Up, it is important to remind everyone that there are people listening too and to seek support when needed. So join me in this initiative and help improve lives —Speak up, We’re listening,” Sanam Saeed wrote on her Instagram account.

According to British Asian Trust, mental health is a critically under-resourced issue in South Asia. Moreover, a lack of public awareness leaves superstitions and fears unchallenged.

Every year, as many as 800,000 people die as a result of suicide, and the overwhelming majority of these (78%) are in low- and middle-income countries.

More than 50 million people in Pakistan are affected by mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, yet understanding of mental health is extremely low and conditions are highly stigmatised.