Today is World Mental Health Day and the theme of the year is “young people and mental health in a changing world“. With the changes that happen in early adulthood, such as transitioning from school to university to work, starting to live independently, and trying to carve a career and identity, this exciting period of life can also be one of the stressful. In some cases, the amount of pressure and emotional stress can lead to or exacerbate mental illness. So who better to talk to about the mental health of the youth than the young founders of RAD Culture?
RAD Culture, a cause-driven organisation that stands for representation and diversification in both name and practice, was started by Hanis Khairuddin and her best friend Liz Azalea. Through RAD Culture, the pair utilise social media to increase awareness and generate conversations about the issues they’re passionate about – starting with mental illness.
RAD Culture’s Alphabets of Mental Illness is a series of visuals that explain different mental illnesses from A to Z. Using facts sourced from the World Health Organisation, the National Institute For Mental Health, and the Ministry of Health, Hanis and Liz hope to educate the public about the many faces of mental illness and eradicate discrimination or stigma surrounding people with mental illness. With mental illness expected to be the second biggest health issue affecting Malaysians by 2020, this deeply-researched and well-presented initiative couldn’t be timelier.
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Most people have things about their appearance they feel insecure about or wish they could change, and it’s totally normal to have days where you’re not thrilled with what you see in the mirror. But if you find yourself obsessing over your appearance, honing in on what you believe are flaws or things that need to be “fixed”, you might be suffering from body dysmorphic disorder. Body dysmorphia isn’t a simple extension of low self-esteem or bad body image; it’s a much-misunderstood anxiety disorder with strong links to OCD traits, and it can cause deep difficulties for people who suffer from it. #alphabetsofmentalillness #BDD #bodydysmorphicdisorder #mentalillness #mentalawareness #mentalillnessisreal #endthestigma #malaysia #mentalillnessmalaysia
I spoke with Hanis about the Alphabets of Mental Illness initiative, one of their first, and how it’s helping them reach their dream of transforming Malaysia into a stigma-free society that welcomes diversity, gender equality and women empowerment.
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