'How you treat people matters': Sushant Rajput's death modulates online debate on mental health and depression
New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Actor Sushant Singh Rajput's committal of suicide on Sunday shook the conscience of the nation which has pushed the conversations on Internet and beyond towards the most sidelined aspect of mental health, and the stereotypical assertions which get associated with the steps taken to deal with its deterioration.
Sushant -- a brilliant, well-read engineer-turned actor who was deeply interested in astronomy and Physics, and had his home and heart filled with philosophical memorabilia -- was reportedly in depression for past six months and took the extreme call on Sunday as his body was found hanging on to a fan in his house in Mumbai's Bandra later in the day.
The shockwaves driven by the unfortunate loss of Bollywood's on-screen Dhoni, have modulated the conversations towards mental well-being of individuals, with people sharing anecdotes and the approaches necessary to deal with such dystopic situations.
Former South Mumbai MP Milind Deora took to Twitter and detailed upon his experience with suicidal thoughts, ‘first as a teen and then as an MP’. ”Life is beautiful. Don't get caught up in the rat race. Choose music, food, travel, reading, your work and loved ones. Do what makes you happy. Choose life," wrote Deora.
My own experience with suicidal thoughts, first as a teen & even as an MP, taught me to live with the blues. Sharing 5 effective coping tools... pic.twitter.com/yMiVfAgC9U
June 14, 2020
"...MOST people you know have suffered from depression at one point or another, even if they don't know it. How you treat people matters," wrote Comedian Vir Das.
It's convenient to pass off the death of a young person as "oh...depression". That means you no longer have to own your systemic part in it.— Vir Das (@thevirdas) June 15, 2020
MOST people you know have suffered from depression at one point or another, even if they don't know it. How you treat people matters.
"No one here actually cares about anyone’s mental health so cut the crap. Here’s hoping people have friends and family who love them outside Twitter because this isn’t the real world anyway," wrote a user.
No one here actually cares about anyone’s mental health so cut the crap. Here’s hoping people have friends and family who love them outside Twitter because this isn’t the real world anyway. ♥️— Ishita Yadav (@IshitaYadav) June 14, 2020
“We need better conversations," wrote an activist.
With suicide of #SushantSinghRajput, Twitter is filled with posts like "I don't understand why he would do this!" and "if you're feeling sad, please just call a friend!!" Shows the absolute lack of understanding around mental health and suicide. We need better conversations. RIP.— Radhika Radhakrishnan 🏳️🌈✊🏾 (@so_radhikal) June 14, 2020
"NO #SushantSinghRajput !
"Depression is a dangerous medical illness, and it is important for India to accept it, not stigmatize it," wrote another user.
"Mental health issues are equally important as physical health issues," wrote a user.
Mental health issues are equally important as physical health issues.. We Indians as a society or as a individual don't take it seriously.. RIP #SushantSinghRajput— राहुल पवार 🇮🇳 (@rrptweets) June 14, 2020
"Talk to your friends, reach out to psychologists, counsellors etc. Ask your friends and family “How they doing?” like you mean it," wrote another user.
No motivational words, videos helps you. You just feel alone even if you’re surrounded by the people you love. Even after his death people are talking about his role in Chhichore. That’s just a role he played. Stop comparing movies with real life.— the_millennial (@kunal_kaklij) June 14, 2020
The stigma attached with the mental illnesses costs personal sanity of the affected individuals and ends up being fatal before the acquaintances realise. Despite the fact Sushant was being treated for depression, he couldn't survive the storm of uncertainties in his head and heart.
From Parveen Babi to Pratyusha Banerjee, and from Jiah Khan to Sushant Singh Rajput today, the bongs have been banged upon our societies, but ignorance had had its way. India recorded 1,33,623 suicides in 2015, and that must sound alarming for our overall sense of attribution towards our near ones and their mental sanity.
Posted By: Abhinav Gupta