With the rise in mental health, thanks to the pandemic, there is a glimmer of hope with these mental health influencers on Instagram who destigmatize these issues. In this post I am listing a few Instagram handles that I follow regularly. Their posts revolve around the so-called stigma of mental health that the society frowns upon. Their posts are inspiring. And, if you are someone who is battling with mental health issues, follow these accounts for some inspiration.
Mental health activists in India and abroad, talk about the many stigmas and educate you on mental health awareness. From feel good quotes to talking about a certain mental health issues. Their Instagram accounts are filled with feel-good posts that can give you a positive outlook in life. And yes, we all could do with positivity in our life.
Why talk about mental health?
When someone speaks up about what they feel or what they are going through, it could be an indicator that they may be having mental health issues. Especially when you hear people talk about it more than often. It should be an indicator that they may be having underlying health issues. The best way to tackle this to hear them out. Sometimes they do not know that they’re having a mental health problem. They are not aware that there are ways to be treated.
Have you ever thought why we don’t talk about mental health? In all probabilities, it is because of the stigma it carries in the society. If someone is talking to you about uncertainties, they are facing, keep in mind that mental health matters. And that they are probably reaching out to you. Even if a friend reaching out to you, be prepared on how to talk about mental health with friends.
Mental Health Influencers on Instagram
Here is a list of Mental Health Influencers on Instagram, who can turn that gloomy day into a bright one! I have compiled a list of Instagram influencers from India and abroad who talk extensively about mental health.
That Sappy Writer
Akanksha Bhatia is the person behind That Sappy Writer on Instagram. Her account has posts on anxiety. It details her experience about coping with anxiety, a condition that she was diagnosed with when she was just 16. Follow the hastag #100dayswith anxiety where she is listing snippets from her journey of coping with anxiety. Each post talks about a struggle that you and I may be facing in everyday life. These posts remind me of the fact that nothing lasts forever. With a little bit of help, we can pass through this anxiety. Check out this post where she has been featured in BBC : Coronavirus anxiety: How to cope with life after lockdown.
Quotes by Christie
Christie’s Instagram handle is filled with quotes that are sprinkled with inspiration that can help us with our daily life. She took to sharing inspiring quotes, especially more during the pandemic to destigmatize the issues around mental health. Her quotes resonate with mental health awareness and all about self-love which we lack in today’s life. She is also a graphic designer by profession.
The Good Quote
One of my favorite Instagram handles! The Good Quote is advocating for mental health and self development through literature and discussion. Founded by Roxanne, she also has her own podcast on Spotify that I am yet to tune in to! The Good Quote shares inspiring quotes from various sources, apart from their own. The posts are designed for self-help and a feel good factor.
Jay Shetty is all over Instagram! And his Instagram handle is interspersed with quotes and short stories. All that have a well meaning end, listing the dos and don’ts of life. I had recently signed up for his webinar that was very insightful and thought-provoking. He is the an author, podcaster, coach, philanthropist and a former monk! Listen to his podcasts when you have some time. They are highly insightful that leave you with those a-ha moments. They have been in your life all the time, But, you just realize it when you hear him in conversation with his guests.
Dhar Mann is a mission-driven entrepreneur with 52 Million social media followers. He is one of the highest viewed content creators in the world today with over 22 Billion views. Dhar Mann focuses on developing ideas that have a massive impact. His videos have helped change the lives of people all across the globe. Most of his feed are filled with inspiring videos. I love the way he gives the videos a beautiful ending that helps us find our own inner feelings.
Sonali Gupta is based out of Mumbai. An author and a Clinical Psychologist by profession, she had close to two decades of experience in her counselling journey. She is active on Instagram, YouTube and Twitter and each of these mediums are great resources you may want to check, especially if you want to understand mental health from an Indian context. On the YouTube Channel, she speaks in English and Hindi. You’ll find her discussing mental health topics on her Twitter actively. She actively talks about issues related to burnout, work-life balance, and other professional concerns. Something that been on the rise with the pandemic taking over our lives. Grief and trauma, depression and anxiety, apart from a plethora of topics is what she discusses in her posts.
Sara Kuburic is the woman behind the Instagram handle The Millennial Therapist. Her posts talk about the daily things we struggle with: low self-esteem, reminders we need to hear and more. Her posts talk about forgivess, how to self-heal and look out for those red flags. I love her posts on self-validations and the constant reminders she puts up to let us know all is well.
Note: These listed Instagram handles do not claim to be a replacement for professional help and therapy. These are just quotes that help you to understand your emotions better and make you feel good. Please do seek a professional treatment if you face severe anxiety or have any depression related issues.
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