October 20, 2020

Sushant Singh Rajput: Bollywood actor’s death fuels mental health debate

The death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput on Sunday has sparked fresh discussions about mental health.

The 34-year-old actor was found dead in his Mumbai home, in what police said appeared to be a case of suicide.

The news was met with an outpouring of grief by fans and other Bollywood stars with the conversation soon turning to mental health and depression.

Actress Deepika Padukone, who has talked openly of battling depression, said it was important to reach out.

Anushka Sharma, who co-starred with Singh in the film PK wrote, “I’m so sad and upset knowing that we lived in an environment that could not help you through any troubles you may have had.”

Many others talked about how difficult it was to talk about mental health issues in India, due to a lack of understanding about it and the taboos surrounding the topic.

“The conversation about mental health in India is miles from where it should be. Many people mourning Sushant’s death today snigger and gossip when someone known to them sees a shrink,” tweeted Rahul Sabharwal, city editor of The Indian Express newspaper.

Another social media user, Noreen Wozar said, “Mental health really needs to become more prioritised in Indian households rather than being taboo and the – if you’re depressed, “just get over it” mentality.”

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