In today’s modern fast-paced world, loneliness and depression are silently emerging as the latest epidemic plaguing urban society. No one is immune to it, and most people have experienced an episode of depression once in a lifetime.
In the past celebrities, such as, Serena Williams, Ryan Reynolds, Rafael Nadal, Zaira Wasim and Deepika Padukone and many others, have come forward to speak about this mental health issue
Now, Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, has created a video focusing on mental health awareness to fight depression. He has shared the video on twitter. The video is titled #LoveLifeLiveLife.
In the video, he sends out a message saying, “Exam grades, the shape of your body, salary figures, all these are to priorities in our lives. Instead of learning from these and emerging stronger, loneliness pushes us into an endless abyss of hopelessness and extinguishes all positivity within us. I have experienced the darkness of depression closely. And can assure you that if this feeling is shared with a loved one, you will develop he courage to fight the depression within you.”
Friends! This video is an attempt by me to spread awareness about the most silent and perhaps the biggest disease spreading at an alarming speed in the world today – DEPRESSION. Please make it reach out to people and help. Thanks. #LoveLifeLiveLife 🙏😍https://t.co/VU5GW98nSK
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) June 18, 2018
He further added, “I, Anupam Kher, am here to talk to you. If you are unable to fake an emotion, don’t fake it. If you are suffocated by loneliness, speak to someone, reach out to a loved one. You don’t need to fit in. You are not alone. Together, we find the hope we need. All we must do is, offer and receive a helping hand.”
Statistics on depression
- The prevalence of mental morbidity is high in urban metropolitan areas.
- Mental disorders are closely linked to both causation and consequences of several non-communicable disorders (NCD).
- Nearly 1 in 40 and 1 in 20 people suffer from past and current depression, respectively.
- Neurosis and stress related disorders affect 3.5 per cent of the population and was reported to be higher among females (nearly twice as much in males).
- Data indicate that 0.9 per cent of the survey population was at high risk of suicide.
- Nearly 50 per cent of persons with major depressive disorders reported difficulties in carrying out their daily activities.