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Shhh! Don’t talk about Mental Health – Book Review

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A review of a newly launched book – Shh! Don’t Talk about Mental Health. Why being quiet is no longer an option.


Sharing the mutual passion for spreading the Mental Health Awareness, I could not resist when I learned about this newly launched book on Mental Health and the title of the book was so attention-grabbing that one just cannot resist to give it a read. Shh! Don’t Talk about Mental Health.

I have read the entire book with deep interest and I must say he has done a commendable job. He has beautifully managed to present his thoughts in a very different perspective supported with deep research, facts, statistics and history.

The most interesting part of the book is the historical facts about the Mentall Illness, the treatment, the stigmas attached to it and the prejudice. I have been writing a lot about Mental Illness and its effects, I do not hold any degree or accolade so I usually stress upon self-help ideas and spread the awareness about the different forms of disorders and how it effects an individual.

I have been through that space while I was fighting a critical illness and the feeling of depression had caged me, honestly I still feel jittery but I was not clinicaly depressed so I could manage to swim across all my inner demons and reach the shore after a year. ( I hardly speak about it)

Reaching the shore and experiencing the withdrawal symptoms was the exact point I realised “IT IS FOR REAL”.

The author of the book exactly conveys the message supporting with historic evidences and facts supportive enough to prove that how Mental Health is still stigmatised and how difficult it becomes for the individual to seek for the coping mechanisms.

About the Author:

The author of the book Arjun Gupta, aims to make this world a better place and tries to spread some sensitivity towards those battling their own minds, hence he started promoting Mental Health Awareness through his blogs and Youtube Channel.

Arjun Gupta is a Mental Health Activist and have battled severe clinical depression between 2015 and 2017. He hails from Hisar, Haryana and is presently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology from Delhi University.

His first book was published in 2018, The A-Z of Mental Health.He feels highly obliged for the support he has got from his family and friends.

The Review – Shh! Don’t Talk about Mental Health

Don’t Talk About Mental Health. But why? Says the author loud and clear with his each word in this book. This book is a story of a 19 year old Yashasvi battling clinical depression and overcoming it, no stop, it just doesn’t end here, the book takes you back at 13th century. Now can you imagine how long we have been fighiting to spread the word?

Today we are in the 21st Century and yet we are discussing that we should be more open about discussing Mental Health issues, activists, pychologists, counsellors are trying their best to spread the word but still it needs more attentiveness.

People still lack awareness and they ignore or avoid talking on the issue often. The author has mentioned about the famous case of the Bethlam Hospital, London, You will be surprised with revelations he has made in the book.

” There are many persons now living who can remember passing the gates of old Bethlam and hearing, as they passed, the cut of the lash and screams of the victims” – Mary Lamb( A famous English writer suffering from Mental Illness,1796)

The ill-treatment to the mentaly sick people was very distrubing, it was no less than a prison. While reading this chapter I remembered one very old incidence, I was in sixth standard at that time and my dad was posted in Bihar.

Many of you in this field might be aware of the Central Institute of Psychiatry, Kanke,Ranchi. Since it was in Kanke it was called as Kanke Pagalkhana, literally and bluntly. My school was somewhere on the Kanke Road and I remember people talking about it and it was later when I learned that it is officialy known as Central Institute of Psychiatry and not a pagalkhana (Mental Hospital).

I am quoting this incident here just to add and support the thought that it is indeed a very deep rooted issue, a stigma which is prevailing since ages and now coming back to the book, it says the same thing that claiming someone has psychological problems immediately brings about the LABELS like ‘crazy’ , ‘unstable’, ‘dangerous’, and even ‘psychotic’. This is somewhere the change should begin from.

From various psychological theories like one of the Great thinker Hippocrates, who said that the mental illness was caused by the biological factors neither by any spirits or supernatural things. Then diving into to Anciet Indian texts, Veda Puranas, Ramayana and Mahabharata, the book tries to touch the psychological aspect of each era.

Importance of emotinal intelligence and benefit from talking is something everyone should understand and here I would like to quote few lines from the book emphasising the same, ” The future of Mental Health care is rooted both in prevention and cure. Prevention will include building resilience in young children and improving their emotional intelligence.”

Chapters like Unneccesary romance, stigma,poverty and mental health,superpowers of media, those people, throws light on how society and media portrays a image in our mind about mental illness and present it as per their limited knowledge or no knowledge at all.

Final Words

Right from defining the history of psychology, providing facts and examples of the famous personalities, defining Mental Health and its causes, and how a movie could be a source of surviving or just a support group can plant a ray of hope in the the individual, author sums up it all so well and you will be discovering a heart-warming fact towards the end of the book.

Read this book with your heart, understand it from your mind and don’t try to find logic in the theories, just try to connect the dots.

Rating :5/5

Grab your copy now!! Happy Reading!!

This book review is a part of Blogchatter Book Review Program.

Much love and gratitude

Priyanka Nair aka Virtual Siyahi

Women Are Roses

Women Are roses

My yet another published work, which I am sharing with you all. My blog is my first love and all my fellow bloggers are my major source of motivation and encouragement.  Hence I share each and every achievement with you all first, although I feel guilty of not visiting and reading blogs of my friends for a while as I have been very much occupied in my eBook and this latest publication and promotion (self-promotion) I will be back soon 🙂

I have been guest blogging for Women With Gifts International, Colorado, for a while and I was fortunate to be chosen by Ms. LaNette Kincaid, the founder of the NGO for contributing a chapter in her book Women are Roses.

This book signifies the essence of true womanhood. A masterpiece by ten authors combining like rose petals and forming a complete flower. A complete rose that is all ready to bloom and spread its fragrance to inspire everyone who reads this book.

Virtual Siyahi

Many intelligent and talented women suffer in silence, they shut themselves in and close the door to never reopen them and sadly they do not allow any good or bad in their lives. This is what most women have done with their sufferings. One of the vital reasons that women suffer is because women find it difficult to cope up with the societal norms as no one believes in their story. In Women Are Roses Series One, this book shares ten unique stories of real women who have broken all the barriers and took command of their lives, came out of their miseries and tuned their downfalls into glories.

Some of the women are survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse, breast cancer, mental illness, caregivers and authors. The different views and perspective coming from different women with strong stories and background make the book an engaging and intriguing read.

The flawless narration and the personal experience in each story enhance the value of this book. This book was shaped by women all over the world. About the authors: The best part of the book is how it unites different authors irrespective of their country, religion, and culture.

The core message of the book lies in the vision of the founder of Women With Gifts International, Mrs. Lanette Kincaide, who has a mission to change the world one woman at a time. This book, Women Are Roses is a book that created a platform for women to collaborate from form different corners of the world, telling their stories, inspiring each other and making their own space in this world. In a world where women sometimes are seen as dirt.

The authors of this book have taken the dirt that the world has given them and planted seeds, and the seeds have then turned into flowers beautiful flowers. Beautiful roses. Regardless of everything we endure in our lives, we bloom, we flourish and we inspire others around us to do the same.

I feel highly elated to share that the Amazon Book description is written by me and also reading my name in the list of the authors gave me a lot of happiness to cherish and I just could not stop smiling 🙂

Virtual Siyahi

Here is the link to the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1092256881/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_awdb_Rzc6CbHM24CCK


Much love and gratitude



Women Are Roses Honoree| Priyanka Nair

I feel so honored as I share this post with you all.

I am contributing a chapter in a book which will be launched in Colorado, I am the co-author among other ten women who are contributing each chapter in the book and their stories makes the book complete.

Combining like the flower petals and blooming in full positivity, I am an honoree in the Women are Roses Award Ceremony, Colorado Springs.


We are too excited about our upcoming 2019 Women Are Roses Award Ceremony that is taking place in Colorado on June 1,2019. During this event we will laugh, we will cry but most of all we will celebrate each other for everything that WE have done as women to inspire other women. One of this year’s Women Are Roses Honorees is Priyanka Nair. Please take moment to read about her now:
Priyanka Nair is apost-grad in Administration, Tech-savvy, love to explore creative treasure. A Writer by passion! A speaker with compassion! Researching on Phycology at present from India. Recently started with her own Youtube Channel in view of spreading some mental health awareness among the people.
An MBA by profession, she has worked for seven years in corporate into Supply Chain Management and Logistics department. She got a very good exposure to learn new things in her job profile right…

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