Mental illness is as important as any other health-related issue that human beings have to face in their lives. Unfortunately, even today, it is not given the attention it merits and is often brushed aside, making the situation worse for those who are affected by it. However, attempts to raise awareness on the subject, every now and then, are appreciated and result in some sort of acceptance from society.
On account of World Mental Health Day on October 10, 2018, multiple Bollywood celebrities including Deepika Padukone, Madhuri Dixit Nene and Sidharth Malhotra took to social media and shared their sentiments on the subject.
Padmaavat actor Deepika Padukone posted a video on her Instagram handle in which she admits that she was diagnosed with clinical depression in 2014 and urges others to share their stories using hashtag #NotAshamed.
“90 per cent of India’s population is unaware of what they’re experiencing mentally and emotionally,” she noted. “There are others who refuse to seek help due to the stigma attached to mental illnesses. Depression is like any other illness that acquires intervention. So, if you are someone who has experienced any form of mental illness, I urge you to share your story by using the hashtag #NotAshamed.”
Sidharth Malhotra also took to Twitter and wrote: “Happy World Mental Health Day! Take a moment today. Breathe. Evaluate. Remember, your mental health is a priority too. It starts with us. So, let’s keep talking, let’s keep raising awareness and let’s keep extending support.”
Stressing that it is very important to take care of one’s mental health, veteran actor Madhuri Dixit Nene said, “Our mind makes us who we are! It’s very important to take care of our mental health. Today, on World Mental Health Day, let’s spread awareness about this and break the stigma around openly talking about mental health issues and seeking help.”
It’s about time we realize how important it is to speak up on mental illness and depression – issues that affect one’s mental peace. Once we take them seriously and learn to accept them, whether it is about ourselves or people in our surrounding, only then we would be able to seek or provide help.