Addressing mental illness
Krishna said about 10 percent of the population suffers from depression.
And those who don’t seek treatment are more likely to suffer from other health problems, including heart attacks and immune system problems. A mental illness can cut a person’s life span by 20 years to 30 years, he said.
“People suffer and are so devastated, but they don’t want to talk about it,” Krishna said.
We need to talk and share experiences and de-stigmatize mental illness, he said. Learning to modulate emotions in healthy ways and the simple act of quieting the mind, slowing down and breathing can help.
“Mental health deserves as much attention as any other disease,” Krishna said. “Most people can be returned to a good place in society.”
Krishna’s book, published this month, is available at local bookstores and online at Border’s, Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It is available for electronic readers as well as hardback and paperback.