We should take de­pres­sion se­ri­ously, says Esha Gupta

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Join­ing the league of ac­tors rais­ing con­cern around men­tal health, Esha Gupta says that de­pres­sion is some­thing that any­one can ex­pe­ri­ence at any point of their life. “It’s im­por­tant to ac­cept and talk about it,” she urges.

“You never know what a per­son is go­ing through. I think de­pres­sion is of­ten looked down upon. In­stead of at­tach­ing stig­mas to it, we should help people,” she says.

The ac­tor feels that it’s un­der­stand­able that some­times, people suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion might get rude. “It’s the other per­son who needs to show com­pas­sion. Do keep talk­ing to your loved ones,” she main­tains.

The 34-year-old re­calls a re­cent in­ci­dent that gave her a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on the

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sub­ject of men­tal health. “A close friend was up­set and told me, ‘Esha, I’m sick of people telling me not to be neg­a­tive, stay pos­i­tive’. That day, I re­alised where he’s com­ing from.” she shares.

Gupta goes on to say, “I too have bad days. Ini­tially, when I started out, things weren’t smooth, but ev­ery sin­gle time I fought. We all can.”

The ac­tor is plan­ning an ini­tia­tive to help those are fac­ing men­tal health is­sues. Not di­vulging de­tails at this point, she ad­vises, “Do things that make you happy. Re­duce screen time.” She also rec­om­mends yoga and med­i­ta­tion for a healthy mind.

Apart from her fam­ily and friends, it is her busi­ness­man beau, Manuel Cam­pos Gual­lar, who keep her sane. “[Manuel] tol­er­ates my moods, un­der­stands me. And I en­joy ir­ri­tat­ing him,” she quips.

Esha Gupta

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