DEEPIKA PADUKONE Busts Men­tal Health Myths, Says There’s Dif­fer­ence Be­tween Sad­ness, De­pres­sion

Fiji Sun - - SHOWBIZ -

Ac­tor Deepika Padukone in a tweet clar­i­fied that there is a dif­fer­ence be­tween ‘sad­ness’ and ‘de­pres­sion’, say­ing that the two are not the same thing. Con­ver­sa­tions around de­pres­sion have reignited af­ter the death of ac­tor Sushant Singh Ra­jput, who was re­port­edly strug­gling with the ill­ness.

“Re­peat Af­ter Me. De­pres­sion is not the same as sad­ness,” Deepika wrote in a tweet.

She added, “Re­peat Af­ter Me. Feel­ing de­pressed is not the same as feel­ing sad.”

Deepika has been a vo­cal ad­vo­cate for men­tal health aware­ness, and also founded an or­gan­i­sa­tion to help those strug­gling with the ill­ness.

Af­ter Sushant’s sui­cide, Deepika had writ­ten on so­cial me­dia, “As a per­son who has had a lived ex­pe­ri­ence with men­tal ill­ness, I can­not stress enough about the im­por­tance of reach­ing out. Talk.Com­mu­ni­cate. Ex­press.Seek help. Re­mem­ber, You are not alone. We are in this to­gether. And most im­por­tantly, there is Hope.”

She had also urged the me­dia to re­port news of sui­cide with sen­si­tiv­ity.

Later, she had said that while she’s en­cour­aged to see the con­ver­sa­tion around men­tal health be­ing brought to the fore­front, she’d like to urge peo­ple to not dis­close de­tails of the med­i­ca­tion they’re tak­ing.

“It is ex­tremely heart­en­ing to see soo many of you com­ing out and shar­ing your ex­pe­ri­ence with men­tal ill­ness,” she’d writ­ten in a tweet. She added: “How­ever,I would rec­om­mend not nam­ing the med­i­ca­tion you are on and/or the specifics of the dosage. Sim­ply be­cause: -it is not a one rule fits all. - the in­for­ma­tion could po­ten­tially be mis­used.”

Bol­ly­wood ac­tress Deepika Padukone.

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