Like in all communities, mental illness is an uncomfortable topic to talk about for Bangladeshis. There is a predominant belief that mental illness doesn’t touch us. We look at the outside community and say mental illness is something that affects them, not us.
I think we need to reconsider this notion. According to a national survey carried out in Bangladesh, it’s estimated that about 16% of the population is affected by mental health problems. This is not very different from the 1 in 5 Canadians statistic we often hear about for mental illness.