KARACHI: Actor Hania Amir took to Instagram to post about mental health issues and the importance of thinking of them like any other physical ailment that needs treatment.
“Mental health issues are real. As real as any other ailment that needs medication. In this world of vast knowledge and access to the internet, we all can look up what mental illness looks like so if a friend comes to you explaining a situation that isn’t very normal for you to hear, just be patient and make them feel it is normal,” she said.
The actor encouraged people to help those in need. If a friend who is suffering reaches out, she wrote, be patient and get them the help they need.
“Do your research and get them help because it took them a ton of courage and sleepless nights and crying and anxiety to come to this conclusion; to let somebody in on their illness hoping you could help; So do try and help! And do not brush it off saying things like “it will be okay” “you should be happy more” don’t give them that.”
She added that one should be empathetic rather than brushing off mental health conditions.
“Tell them their issues are serious and that you understand! Comfort them make them feel safe and consult a psychologist/ psychiatrist if need be.”
She added that it’s important to be aware and understand people who are under mental duress.
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The actor, who is very active on social media, recently took to Instagram to share her struggle with acne.