The Importance of De-stigmatizing Mental Illness


In this cold world where I can’t find people taking humanity seriously, Farr Well’s story and music have been my only motivators to urge everyone around me to be more vocal about mental illnesses. Here in this blog, I’m going to share a story of a friend I met online. His story not only changed my perspective but also helped me stay calm and positive in difficult situations. ​Let’s have a look at Farr Well’s story! But first, you have to understand the importance of raising awareness about Mental Health. ​

Why De-stigmatizing Mental Health Is Important?

Mental health issues are still considered taboo in many communities, even though a high fraction of the total world’s population are victims of common mental health issues like stress, anxiety, and depression. While depression is the leading cause of suicidal deaths, people not paying heed to this topic has made this problem even worse. Many people who experience mental health issues are unable to communicate their concerns with the people around them, which makes them go into a downward spiral of dismay. This is because our society has made us believe that talking about mental health is a sign of weakness, and only cowards are not capable of hiding their inner insecurities. Putting a mask on and toxic positivity are considered to be ‘strong’ and are idealized in all the wrong ways.

5 Ways to Fight Mental Health Stigma

Fighting mental health stigma involves shifting your focus from the wrong to the right, from following the norms to listening to your inner voice. Some of the ways you can turn your focus towards creating a world friendlier towards individuals facing these issues include the following:

1. Talk openly and guiltlessly – you must be able to talk about issues like depression, drug abuse and suicide with your friends and family to raise awareness about our most vulnerable..

2. Be careful of the language – avoid using too emotionally charged or sharp words that might be discouraging for those trying to be open about their problems.

3. Put your judgments aside – whatever might be the scenario, never judge a person at any cost. Always perceive their ideas with an open heart and prefer to act with kindness.

4. Practice conscious empathy – always be aware of how your gestures and words impact others. Try putting on their shoes and take a break from your beliefs and values while listening to them.

5. Point out any stigmatizing act – if you notice anyone being inconsiderate about mental health disorders or bullying, stop him or her right there and educate them.

Hard Pill to Swallow – A LifeSaver for mental illness and Generational Trauma

Hard Pill to Swallow is a fearlessly personal account of Farr Well’s life from 2015 to 2020 and deals directly with trauma issues including Bipolar Disorder, paranoia, suicidal thoughts, drug misuse and gun violence. This album was the art he created out of the catastrophe he went through, and it was his way of talking to the world about the pain he was having, not from his episodes, but the pain that he had been carrying along since 2015. He wanted to tell the world how it feels to be in a place so cruel, and one thing about music is that it’s not individual-based. He knows that as souls, we are all connected on some basis. And music, with its harmony and soul, is a real example of redemption through art.

Take your medicine, fill it to the brim

Life could be a dream or not real

The words are my blood, he says, and they bleed about all the generational traumas people have to go through. Songs like Think and Bipolar Rock & Roller relate to the pain people with these issues have to go through:

Will I repeat or evolve?
No antidote for my pain
So I went Grandiose in my brain
Riding in both lanes

His constant battle with the highs and lows bleed through this picture he has painted with his music. And in that war, he is giving hope to all the souls trapped in their bodies that are not sure where their world is coming to.

I had to apologize to the young me

Dumb me who gave a fuck about everyone but me

Final Verdict

Farrington had this sense of trauma haunting him like a ghost throughout these years like in B.P.R.R. “I won’t let this city kill me, but they might Seroquel me,” and I think we have to run toward these demons to conquer them. His pain has turned into something overpowering. It screams to voice these issues so that we can raise awareness and be the flag bearers of hope for anyone struggling with mental health.

Support efforts to de-stigmatize mental illness by donating to the ​Hard Pill to Swallow
​ Indiegogo campaign Here.

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