YOU MATTER. - মায়া
You Matter!

অনেকসময় সমাজের দৌড়ের সাথে নিজেকে খাপ খাইয়ে রাখতে কষ্ট হয়। বিভিন্ন কারণে কিংবা বিভিন্ন কথায় নিজেকে মনে হতে পারে গুরুত্বহীন। এমনটি অনুভব হলেও নিজেকে একা ভাববেন না। কারণ মায়া আছে আপনার পাশে।


“যদি তারা তোমাকে বলে, তুমি যথেষ্ট সক্ষম নও, তাহলে তাদের নিরাপত্তাহীনতা নিয়ে অন্য কোথাও যেতে বলো” (আলী)

“হয়তো তারা ঠিক বলেছে, আমার সম্ভবত হাল ছেড়ে দিয়ে এসব অর্থহীনতা শেষ করা উচিত” (আহমেদ)

“তোমার জীবন অর্থহীন নয়, যদি কিছু অর্থহীন হয়ে থাকে, তবে সেটা সেই লোকদের মন্তব্য যারা তোমাকে থামানোর জন্য তাদের নোংরা বিষ ঢেলে দেয়” (আলী)

“আমার যদি কোনো গুরুত্ব থাকতো” (আহমেদ)

“তোমার গুরুত্ব আছে, সত্যিই তোমার গুরুত্ব আছে! একবার তোমার মনের কথা  শুনো এবং তুমি বুঝতে পারবে যে তুমি গুরুত্বপূর্ণ। নিজেকে মূল্যায়ন করো!” (আলী)

Every year, an estimate of 10000 people commit suicide in Bangladesh. And this number experienced a hike ever since the pandemic, due to the economic and social repercussions it resulted in. According to a study, Bangladesh reported 70% more deaths from suicide than Corona Virus. What is the underlying issue behind such a high suicidal rate? There are several factors that account for people to take such a drastic step and highlight the ugly realities of the society which brings people to “this” point in life.

Unemployment, social pressure, poverty, relationship problems, depression and many other reasons lead to suicides. It’s important to understand that these are what appear to be the reasons but in reality, there are root causes created through the impact of these factors that lead to suicide. Low self-worth, lack of support, depreciating confidence, existential crisis and feeling unloved or unappreciated. The two groups of reasons correlate and it becomes difficult to understand how to bring down the suicidal rate and where to start from.

If you or your loved one is going through a phase, this is for you. The situations you are in might seem to last forever but they will pass, and things will turn around. Change is inevitable and nothing remains constant eternally. Societal pressure and norms force you to conform to them, but don’t just give in, think through and make a decision you are contented with. You might say it’s easier said than done, which we totally understand but be optimistic even in hopeless situations, explore every possible option, seek external help if required and get going because sky is the limit.

This brings us to another point, “seeking help” which can solve a lot of problems, but people are too ashamed to ask for help due to fear of being considered a burden, societal pressure and abandonment. Maya wants you to know that it is totally okay to ask for help and speak your heart out to release all the pressure inside. At the end of the day, collapsing mental health is what leads to suicide. And therefore, it is very important to be peaceful at mind, to be able to control the external factors affecting you.

There is nothing wrong with seeking therapy to help cope with life. Therapy really makes a difference and allows you to look at life from a fresh perspective. It helps you resolve your internal conflicts and motivates you enough to regain your sense of confidence and self-worth. It makes you work on yourself by yourself, with the support and guidance of your therapist. With this being said, Maya extends its services to everyone going through a hard phase in life. Download the Maya app now and connect with our licensed therapists and counsellors. We are here to listen without judgement and help you through it all!

Lastly, please try to understand that the voice of the society should never be able to overpower the voice of your heart. Don’t let those insecure voices echo in your ear, while your dreams shatter under societal norms. Ignore them with a breath of fresh air and focus on what your heart says to you. Don’t let anyone tell you that you don’t matter, because you do, and your existence creates a big difference on earth. You are one individual with a distinct personality like no other and the world needs you. So, before taking any decisions, look around and question yourself, “Why did you come so far?” And then live for that reason and to achieve that goal because you are a champ!

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