When I started researching into my late brother's condition, I did so with all the passion and hope to find a 'miracle' solution to his conditions. I was very naive to say the least. I never knew how much of a difficulty other families like ours were facing in trying to battle with their loved one's mental illness vis à vis a more than not 'difficult or even unsympathetic' "medical system". I eventually started questioning my own challenges in life especially in my 'personal life'. My first memoir traces and narrates all that as bluntly as I lived and reviewed it then.
I have since then come accross several other mentally challenged, suffering from different disorders, coping and battling which ever way they can. I have equally come to meet and talk to and with parents of loved ones, some lost to their illnesses either by a senseless death or a terrible existence. I decided to see a psychoterapist and to work on getting and staying better so I could advocate for all those suffering so badly. The statistics are alarming and the WHO and other related organizations and institutions are beginning to take mental health seriously. There is need for a much more holistic approach to mental well-being and treatment. To this extent, I must mention two people I have come across, who survived their diagnoses and are actively advocating for mental Health. Gayathri Ramprasad's story and work is on her site, and Hakeem Rahim's journey is equally captivating. I am proud to join the ranks of Mental Health Advocates, and I don't want to think my brother lived and died in vain. I will give my all to direct his Foundation, while taking better care of myself.