I recently graduated from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture from the communication design department. For our thesis we were supposed to work with a concept for around six months so I wanted to choose something that will be close to my heart, a topic that has been a question for me that want to answer and also make our society answer. And it is not simple.
Will you welcome, befriend, marry or adopt an individual who has been diagnosed as being “mad”?
It could be any mental illness but the stereotype and stigma attached to the word “mad” in Urdu which is known as “pagal” makes us discriminate against them and separate them from the normal in our society. They are looked down upon and isolated and seen as their illnesses rather than the individuals they are.
Pakistan lacks knowledge and awareness regarding mental illnesses…
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