Why real-life interaction, not the social media, is pivotal to stable mental health


On February 11, three days before Valentine’s Day, Becky* was curled up in bed, one hand lazily flung over a red stuffed bear,  while the other held her smartphone close to her face.

After unsuccessful attempts to hide the pains within, she finally gave in with a huge sigh that released a sudden cascade of tears.

Since the month started, social media had been awash with couples and lovers flaunting photos in anticipation of Val’s day and Becky’s social media timeline wasn’t spared. This brought back memories of her recent heartbreak and as a reminder of her current lonely state.

Becky’s nightmare was back and though aware that this could make her fall back into another bout of depression,  she didn’t stop scrolling from one picture to the next. What she probably forgot was that a message or call to her therapist or friend —  both only a few taps away — could have helped her get better.

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