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Shhh! Don’t Talk About Mental Health by Arjun Gupta – Book Review

  • Author: Arjun Gupta
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Notion Press (9 July 2019)
  • Language: English

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In the 19th year of his life, Yashasvi tried to end his life. Follow the journey of Yashasvi and millions of other people who are tormented by their own minds. This is not a self-help book. Mental health is no longer just about helping yourself. It is a movement against an invisible crisis that breeds inside our minds. A crisis that makes you question the voice in your head. Yes, the same voice that is reading this out to you.

True stories, research, statistics, and facts. This book will convince you why mental health cannot be just about self-help anymore, and why people like Yashasvi need our help.

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“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.”

These wonderful and apt words of Fred Rogers underline the importance of talking about mental health. It is a disease just like cancer or any other and we cannot just get over it. That’s what this book emphatically talks about.

Shhh! Don’t Talk About Mental Health by Arjun Gupta is a book that traces the history of mental health in our society, puts forth the myths surrounding it, then goes on to give explanations to properly bust them. Mental health is a serious issue concerning humans but the stigma attached to it stops the people from openly talking about it. The book bridges the divide by simplifying concepts such as mental health and mental awareness. It lucidly explains how the efforts have been made to help the people affected with dismal mental health, how they have been treated and cast away, and how we still need to go a long way in accepting and acknowledging its gravity.

The book has been divided into sections that talk about defining and getting through mental health step by step. The extensive research on the subject reflects as you go ahead reading the text full of facts, figures, and substantial data. Through a story, the author makes his point that how crucial it is to reconsider our perspective regarding mental health. The book also charts the journey of the discourse revolving around mental health right from the 17th-18th century to the present. Although I found the book educative and interesting, the presence of technical terms might hinder a layman’s reading experience. To put it simply, one needs to be patient and receptive while reading a book like this. Also, I personally feel that stricter editing with the book could have made it crisper and more refined.

Nevertheless, to get more information regarding mental health, mental illness, its diagnosis, prognosis, and aetiology to psychology, you would be thrilled to read this investigative book. Recommended.


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3 thoughts on “Shhh! Don’t Talk About Mental Health by Arjun Gupta – Book Review

  1. Sounds really good! Topics of mental health do make me quite emotional. I wouldn’t find pleasure in reading this book but I’m sure that it could teach me a few things x


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