Let’s Talk Mental Health: Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput commits suicide. Was it depression that made him take this drastic step?
No one can second guess what’s going into someone’s mind until and unless they speak, or their actions do! This is what just happened when the news of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput committing suicide broke out. The recent news, which is coming from various sources claim that Sushant Singh Rajput committed suicide in his Bandra apartment in Mumbai and what was found were anti-depressants. Reports claim that he was suspected to be in depression. A fact, which is also authenticated by WHO, that 6.5 per cent of the Indian population suffers from mental disorders. And the majority of those who commit suicide are younger than 44 years of age.
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The actor, who shot to fame from his first film itself, is being mourned by the whole industry. The sudden news of Sushant Singh Rajput committing suicide has not just left everyone speechless but also worried about how mental health can push a person to this extent. The loss of an actor of his calibre has yet again raised the importance of taking mental health more seriously. What makes it intriguing is that the actor himself was a part of a movie, Chhichhore, which dealt with the issue of suicide owing to mental health and societal pressures. It was at the time of the movie promotions when he even told that is a myth that actors are taking care of their mental health. Was this an indication or a sign, which meant that depression had crept in?
SHOCKED!!! the young talented and successful #SushantSinghRajput commits suicide. I suppose you can never see the storm brewing beneath the calm surface..God bless his soul and give the family strength to bear the loss. #RIP— Jaaved Jaaferi (@jaavedjaaferi) June 14, 2020
The whole industry is expressing their concern as to how and why a successful actor like him had to take up such a drastic step. What makes it worse that how his social media accounts seeped in distress and his every post had pain. His last post on Instagram has a teary-eyed post about his mother. The post read, “Blurred past evaporating from teardrops. Unending dreams carving an arc of smile and a fleeting life negotiating between the two.”
We can even see people showing their disbelief and how angry they’re on themselves for not being there for him. A heartfelt post by Karan Johar says, “I blame myself for not being in touch with you for the past year. Sushant’s unfortunate demise has been a huge wake-up call to me...to my level of compassion and to my ability to foster and protect my equations”
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I blame myself for not being in touch with you for the past year..... I have felt at times like you may have needed people to share your life with...but somehow I never followed up on that feeling...will never make that mistake again...we live in very energetic and noisy but still very isolated times ...some of us succumb to these silences and go within...we need to not just make relationships but also constantly nurture them....Sushants unfortunate demise has been a huge wake up call to me ...to my level of compassion and to my ability to foster and protect my equations.....I hope this resonates with all of you as well....will miss your infectious smile and your bear hug ....������
In the past, we have had actors who thought taking their own life was an easier path to chose than talking about their mental health. Tv actor Kushaal Punjabi, Sejal Sharma, another Tv actor who committed suicide in January and also Sushant Singh Rajput’s ex-manager Disha Salian and more such cases make it evident that mental health can make the death look simpler for many people. But, unlike many, we have also had our very own celebrities talk about mental health in the open, only to guide others suffering from the pain. It was half battle won for Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone when she spoke about her mental health to people. She not just expressed her heart but also explained how important it becomes to have someone by your side to get rid of specific thoughts that you may get in depression. For everyone, depression may be different, and their trigger points may vary. Hence, the need of the hour is to understand that depression is something, which can be cured. It can happen to anyone of any calibre, age or profession. It is all about coming out in the open.
Do not hesitate to seek support when you are feeling overwhelmed. #YouAreNotAlone.— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) May 18, 2020
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So, when we come to think of it, what is depression? What can lead to depression? Are there any symptoms to check on the condition? Mental health expert Latika Narang says that the thought of suicide comes like a flash. “For some, it may come and go, but in various cases, the feeling is long enough to lead to fatal outcomes. A lot of celebrities succumb to such acts due to various reasons like long-term depression. It is the pressure that leads famous people to lead masked lives. The fact remains that even though anyone has achieved success does not make them any less prone to depression and suicidal thoughts.”
Honestly this news has left me shocked and speechless...I remember watching #SushantSinghRajput in Chhichhore and telling my friend Sajid, its producer how much I’d enjoyed the film and wish I’d been a part of it. Such a talented actor...may God give strength to his family ����— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) June 14, 2020
So where to start? How to stop people from pulling the plug? How to mend something or cure something, which cannot be seen? Depression is a mood disorder, which has a direct impact on our daily activities. It is all about understanding the triggers. Some symptoms may affect mood, while some even show on your body. Mental health expert Latika Narang explains how this can be stopped:
- It is a must to build relationships and have someone closer to you. Having a trusted shoulder to lean on is the best way to get rid of such thoughts.
- You may not always need medicines, but talking can be your drug. Talk therapy is one of the effective methods to treat clinical depression.
- Trust on someone who can be the ears to your concerns. Trust and confidentiality is the key to get out of depression.
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