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Bol­ly­wood star Hrithik Roshan, who fronts a new cam­paign #Every­dayHeroes, which cel­e­brates real life peo­ple who have bravely spo­ken up over­come prej­u­dices and bi­ases against men­tal ill­nesses and sought help, says he is proud of Deepika Padukone. She opened up about her strug­gle with de­pres­sion de­spite her celebrity sta­tus.

Hrithik also re­cently spoke about a phase when he dealt with de­pres­sion. Ex­cerpts from Hrithik’s in­ter­view:

Q. You re­cently spoke about your strug­gle with de­pres­sion? Men­tal health is im­por­tant. We all know that, but when it comes down to talk­ing about mat­ters like de­pres­sion or OCD or anx­i­ety, I feel peo­ple find it dif­fi­cult to seek help even if it is from a close friend, be­cause of a wrong pre­sump­tion that it is weak­ness or the per­son’s fault or that it makes them less in some form. This stigma needs to be de­stroyed.

Q. Why didn’t you speak about your de­pres­sion be­fore?

I have never suf­fered clin­i­cal de­pres­sion. But we all know what de­pres­sion feels like, we all have been there or will ex­pe­ri­ence it at some point in our life. There is no es­cap­ing the dark side of life.

Q. So you haven’t ex­pe­ri­enced de­pres­sion first hand? But I have seen it from ex­tremely close quar­ters and it pains me to see that peo­ple will suf­fer in si­lence when there are sim­ple ways to treat it. And help is around. They just need to reach out. It is not their fault.

Q. Does your own vul­ner­a­bil­ity em­power you to help oth­ers? Be­ing vul­ner­a­ble makes us hu­mane. It’s our vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties that make us hu­man. I am proud of Deepika Padukone, who so coura­geously came forth. Q. You are now as­so­ci­ated with the cam­paign to cel­e­brate Ev­ery­day Heroes? This is a topic where I would in­vite more peo­ple to get in­volved since it is rel­e­vant to each one of us. If by my pres­ence, the mes­sage reaches out to a few more peo­ple, I will be happy. In­dian Ex­press

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