Mindly, an organisation that works for mental health and well-being, has started operations in Bangladesh.
The organisation is currently focusing on creating mass awareness on mental health and well-being issues through an intense online campaign.
It is offering free digital counselling sessions during this Covid-19 lockdown to people who need it through a pool of mental health experts.
As part of its awareness campaign, Mindly is arranging an online program called "Moner Bari" where people like Meher Afroz Shaon, Iresh Zaker, Farhana Muna- Munatic, Dr Farah Deeba, associate professor, Dept of Clinical Psychology, Dhaka University; and other leaders from different sectors participate and share their experiences and perceptions about mental health.
This show has been able to grab the attention of the masses, and people are showing the intention to come out of their comfort zone and talk about the mental health issues they face in their daily lives.
"Our perceptions of physical and mental health are surprisingly different! Mindly aspires to solve the lack of mental health awareness and insufficient support for mental discomfort at an individual, organisational and policy level to create an inclusive society where there will be a fine harmony between physical, mental and social well-being and, people will have access to mental health care whenever they want to and wherever they are from," Nazmus Saleh Sakib, co-founder of Mindly said.
Mindly dreams of a world where our mind is without fear and the head is held high.
Nearly 17 percent of adults in Bangladesh are suffering from mental health issues, where 16.8 percent are men and 17 percent are women. Among them, 92.3 percent do not seek medical attention.
The National Institute of Mental Health, with the technical guide of the World Health Organization (WHO), revealed these findings in the survey titled "National Mental Health Survey, Bangladesh 2018-19".