11 Mental Health Resources You Should Know

Now more than ever before, people around the world are dealing with mental health issues. And while there are many factors contributing to this, from the on-going pandemic to work stress– we must first and foremost understand, that it’s absolutely ok. It’s ok, to not be ok. Just make sure you’re getting the right help and support to get through this time. If you’re not sure where to start, scroll down – we’ve made a list for you!

Kinda Therapeutic

This page was started by a Pakistani-American, who is currently in school to become a therapist. Her page is full of useful information from what anxiety can look like to advice on rising above toxic people. Definitely true to the pages name, this one is kinda therapeutic!

The Mindful Missy

This list wouldn’t be complete without our most favourite local mental health initiative! They describe themselves as a platform that explores different forms of self-healing, but really, they do so much more. A truly positive account, with some really stellar content, if you haven’t done so already, do check it out!

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In #Tanhaiyaan Zahra loses her parents and becomes obsessed with the idea of buying back the house she grew up in. She believes that is the only thing that will bring her solace. When she is finally able to buy it back after working her ass off for years, she enters the house and has a panic attack. She is haunted by memories of the past and faced with the brutal realization that she was chasing that lost time and the people who made that house a home - her parents. Being quarantined has forced us to question the idea of home like never before. What is home? A city or country? The house you grew up in? Where your parents live? Where your children live? Where your husband lives? Where you feel welcome and taken care of? Your room? Is home a place or a feeling of nostalgia, a feeling of longing? A feeling of belonging? Is home the place where your stuff is or a place where you can be your authentic self, comfortable in your own skin? I got some really interesting answers to the question – what is home to you? A place you run to, not from. A place you can take off your bra and contacts and feel liberated. A place that has the potential for you and others to evolve. A place where the need to escape ceases. Most of the other answers revolved around the idea that home is where our loved ones live. But sometimes we don’t live with all the people we love. Especially, girls who move out of their parents homes after marriage. @rupikaur_ says in search of finding home she found her own voice To me home is a feeling of belonging. You can get it from the people and places you love and the memories you cherish but our true home is our body and once we connect with our inner voice and soul we take the magic to any house we reside in and any place we go. We have to belong to ourselves first and align and ground ourselves. ‘My home is within me not me in it.’ - @mahamkhurramkureshi 📷@areeshzubair #home #mindfulness #gratitude #mehertareen #innervoice #healersofinstagram #mentalhealthawareness #themindfulmissy #selfawareness #mentalhealth #selfawareness #selfhealers #selfhealing #homeiswheretheheartis #covid19 #quarantine #lockdown #ideaofhome #haseenamoin

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Wellness With Haya

Haya Malik is a certified Psychotherapist, and Corporate Trainer and Facilitator. Little known fact, she has been one of Mashion’s mental health experts! Now on her own page she is not only informative, but also so interactive. From Q&A’s to live sessions, here is a page that will not only uplift you, but also a therapist we can vouch for!

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Society has conditioned us to believe that happiness is found when we change ourselves, cover up our imperfections that don’t fit in.⁣ ⁣ The concept of Self Love is what consumerism thrives on. Makes us feel insecure about our differences and conditions us to believe we need something or the other to feel better about ourselves.⁣ ⁣ ⁣Self Love is a process, not something that can be bought into over night. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣Once we start becoming aware of our selves, we may start to see parts of ourselves that we like and some parts that we don’t like. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣⚠️Before we can love ourselves we need to accept ourselves as is. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣𝐒𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐀𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐰𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐞, 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐬𝐨 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐰𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐨 𝐢𝐭. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣Accepting yourself is a commitment of choosing to being kind to yourself and being able to give yourself ⁣ ⁣unconditional positive regard. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣Accepting yourself is when we can stop judging ourselves, being critical with ourselves and can have a more secure and positive sense of who we are. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣You may wonder how will I ever change if I accept the ‘bad parts in me’ ?⁣ ⁣ ⁣As surprising as it sounds true change occurs when you acknowledge and accept yourself for the good and the not so good you feel is present within yourself. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣You can’t choose the parts you like about yourself and discard the ones you don’t like. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣The healthy way to go about it is to acknowledge and identify areas of improvement, move towards accepting their existence within yourself and work towards growth and evolving. ⁣ ⁣ (Cont’d in Comments) #selfacceptancejourney #selfacceptance #selflove #consumerism #embraceyourflaws #perfection #imperfectionisbeauty #whole #partsofself #identify #reparenting #selfgrowth #selfawarenessjourney #journeyoftheself #wellnesswithaya #integration #selfcare #awareness #acceptance #acceptyourself #flawsome #healingjourney #emotionalwellness #emotions #emotionalhealing

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Millennial Therapist

This page has a dearth of information, and one that we follow religiously! It will make you question yourself, and think about things you may never have before. It will also give you the understanding to decipher certain situations in your life. Follow this page now, it’s been a one stop shop for us, and will be for you too.

Wellness First

We love seeing local therapists start platforms such as these to raise more awareness and really normalize taboos surrounding mental health. One such effort is this wonderful page by a Integrative and Sandplay Therapist! From coping with grief to caring for yourself in quarantine – Wellness First has you covered, and we suggest you head on over now and show them some support.

The Healing Breeze

This page belongs to our very own Shahrukh Shahbaz Malik, who is a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and currently writes Mashion’s Ask The Therapist columns. Not only is Shahrukh an excellent therapist, she is also extremely compassionate and her strength lies in explaining things in the most simplistic, easy-to-understand manner. We definitely recommend you follow this one!

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The word “Anxiety” has been used a lot in the realm of mental health, perhaps more so now than ever before. Anxiety is our nervous system’s response to what we perceive as danger (our fight or flight response). It is an innate part of us as human beings, and as such - can also be beneficial, and primarily serves by protecting us from said dangers. We’ve all experienced it at some time or another - and today, I specifically wanted to talk about the differences between what I call “healthy” anxiety and what can be called an anxiety “disorder”. * What is Healthy Anxiety? As stated before, anxiety is our natural response to danger - and as such, it is fulfilling a purpose. Some level of anxiety might be beneficial, and can be viewed positively. For example, you might have a deadline approaching and you’re suddenly feeling anxious - this could serve as motivation to complete said task. Perhaps you’re walking alone at night, and you feel a little unsafe and anxious. You might choose to take a more crowded, open area to avoid possible dangers. The bottom line is healthy anxiety is temporary and is gone once the threat is over. * What is Disordered Anxiety? One of the biggest indicators of disordered Anxiety is to see the impact it’s having on one’s life. Certain symptoms of disordered anxiety include but are not limited to: * A great deal of impact on one’s day-to-day routine. • Avoiding certain situations to avoid anxiety. • Feeling overwhelmed by the anxiety to the point of fatigue. • Disrupted eating and sleeping patterns. • Having difficulty soothing oneself from the anxiety. • Having intrusive, obsessive thoughts. • Having difficulty concentrating. If you can relate to most of the signs above, you may be experiencing a form of disordered anxiety. This is not to say that there’s something wrong with you - no. It just means that you’re either genetically predisposed to disordered anxiety, or you experienced a series of traumatic events that could have contributed to a hyperactive nervous system. With the right kind of treatment and work, you can heal some of that trauma and manage that anxiety. It might take a bit of time, but you’ll get through it. ♥️

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Taskeen Pakistan

We recently discovered Taskeen Pakistan, and we have to say, it is one of the most brilliant things we’ve seen as of late. They raise awareness and promote mental health in different dialects in order to reach the masses. Their effort is commendable and we encourage you all to not only go through their page, but also share it with those who you think may benefit from it.

MG Beauty And Health

This page is run by a strong, beautiful, empowered woman (and Psychologist), Maheen Ghani, and the vibe on the page makes it even more evident! We love Maheen’s IGTV’s where she explains so simply, and so beautifully a lot of common issues we all deal with at some point in our lives. We’ve watched hours of footage on this page, and learnt so much. Do the same!

Umang Pakistan

Umang Pakistan is actually a free, mental health helpline run by clinical psychologists. But their page is just as amazing as their cause! Here you will find a plethora of information, and best of all, you will also have access to immediate help if you need it. Definitely check it out, and please recommend this to anyone and everyone who may need it!

Psych Central

This one is such a mood booster! An initiative started by a group of friends to target the stigma associated with mental health. They upload weekly podcasts where they aim to convey messages to each other in a informative way. In doing so, they create an environment where others feel safe to share stories about their mental health journey! We’re three podcasts in, and we’ve got to say so proud of these girls for starting an initiative like this at such a young age!

The Mental Health Therapists

This platform makes professional psychological help easily accessible, affordable and convenient in an effort to help as many people as possible and support them with their mental health struggles. This platform was recommended to us by one of our followers, who says: “They helped my friend free of cost. These people are doing an amazing job but are known by very few. They still give free professional therapy to people who cannot afford and the results are magical.” This is truly inspiring – kudos to the team behind this platform!

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