In a span of merely few days, the world lost two immensely talented individuals to depression and suicide. The shocking passing of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, has yet again brought into light the extremely important dialogue about mental health awareness and depression.
And speaking up, yet again, is a survivor, actress Deepika Padukone.
The actress battled depression in 2014. It was her mother who spotted the signs and got her the help she needed. Deepika started the The Live Laugh Love Foundation to champion the cause of mental health awareness.
Deepika regrammed an Instagram post shared by her Foundation, a message that tactfully answers a misguided question. How does someone so rich, famous and successful “fall” into depression and take such an extreme step?
The post begins with a startling statistic from the World Health Organisation, that every 40 seconds a person dies by suicide. Calling depression a growing epidemic, the post goes on to talk about the deaths of Spade and Bourdain.
“They did not take their own lives. DEPRESSION did.”
The post addresses a rather frustrating misconception about depression.
We don’t ask why someone who “had it all” was detected with a fatal illness, why someone who “had it all” broke their foot or why someone who “had it all” met with an accident. Just like all other illnesses, depression does not discriminate.
“Asking someone to just ‘snap out of it’ is the equivalent of telling someone with a broken leg to continue walking.”
The post concluded with a powerful appeal to everyone to keep their eyes and ears open and watch out for someone who might be in need of their help.
Here’s the post:
The message is loud and clear, and has been repeated ample of times: Mental health matters and it is time we fight the stigma against depression before we lose those who are important to us, together.
If you know someone, or suspect someone, who exhibits these signs, be there for them. Show them, #YouAreNotAlone.
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