Somewhere around four years back when Robin Williams died and people were shocked to know the reality of his death and wondered how can a man who appeared so happy fight a bigger inner battle of depression? Robin Williams who was a professional comedian and actor, who spread smiles on millions of faces was actually sad himself and nobody knew about it. Recently, we heard that the biggest name in the fashion industry, Kate Spade too was battling with depression and committed suicide. That alone was enough shock for people to absorb until last week…
Anthony Bourdain, the celebrity chef who explored many parts of the worlds just to experience different spices was known for his exploration of the human condition, cuisine and culture from all around the world. Who knew that someone like Anthony Bourdain would walk out of bed someday to decide that he, too is going to take his own life?
These incidents later was a call for the influential people to talk about a more pressing concern that is depression. People around you might be battling with a mental illness and you wouldn’t know. So, many Pakistani celebrities made their voices louder by saying the most important thing of all!
By speaking up, one may spread awareness!
What is depressing is that there isn’t enough awareness about depression/mental health itself. https://t.co/79zd5ZKSZj
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) June 8, 2018
Can lead to self-harm and suicide!
Statistics show that 300 million people suffer from depression and more women than men. Fortunately it is curable and must not be treated lightly. Signs of depression are sadness enthusiasm lack of energy etc. If not treated can lead to self harm ans in some cases suicide.
— Frieha Altaf (@FriehaAltaf) June 9, 2018
The ones who have less, tend to give more!
I’ve found that the strongest are those who’ve suffered the most. Today, a homeless person advised me on how to keep upbeat and positive in times of adversity. I felt so embarrassed for all the times I’d complained about my situation. BUT happy that ppl like him exist. 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/fXWeQYciQa
— Armeena Khan (@ArmeenaRK) June 8, 2018
Let’s remove this stigma!
Mental health patients are still stigmatised by society & their suffering is ridiculed. Celebrities are constantly driven by others to work more towards material goals leading to more depression. We need more understanding https://t.co/RmpYWqMOsf
— Reham Khan (@RehamKhan1) June 8, 2018
Shahbaz Taseer shared a more powerful story of his depression! May the winds be with you!
I’ve spent a lot of time contemplating suicide. Depression is not something we can control. It’s darkness consumes you. I remember when I couldn’t bare the sight of myself, I could see traces of who I was but I hated what I saw. I hated what I felt and I hated the pain..
— Shahbaz Taseer (@ShahbazTaseer) June 9, 2018
The only way we could tackle this monster of depression is to talk! We need to talk in public, talk to the people who are fighting with it. Many young people who haven’t seen much of world wants to end their life right there and then! Older people who have seen all of it and know the value of a good life, take their own life because they lack the motivation to connect; to exist! Let’s embrace them in a hug and put the sadness away!