MS Dhoni famed, 34 year old actor Sushant Singh Rajput commits suicide in his Bandra home in Mumbai. Cops found his dead body hanging from the ceiling fan. Maybe he was himself suffering from depression and ironically his last movie Chhichhore was critically acclaimed for putting the problem of mental health in the spotlight.
His death has sent shockwaves throughout the country when the world is already under lockdown because of a coronavirus pandemic. In the current scenario, people’s mental health cannot be simply ignored and Sushant’s death has put everything back in conversation.
The actor’s reason to commit death is still not confirmed as to whether it was depression due to love failure, rejection, loneliness, stress, or breakup. But in the wake of the prevailing situation not just in the Bollywood industry but throughout the world, counselling becomes an important tool to talk about what is happening to you.
And, the talk around online counselling becomes even more important. When the world is already struggling with the idea of physical distancing and how to keep oneself safe from the coronavirus, online counselling comes as a saviour.
From the comforts of your home you can talk to any expert and highly trained online counsellor and openly communicate through phone or chat about what you are going through. Loneliness can be a bit haunting but suicide is not the answer to any of the problems you might be going through. So, if you have negative thoughts or emotions that you cannot share with anyone in your family and friends, just remember that you have someone who can always listen to you in a safe space without judgements.
Online counselling is more effective because talking to someone on chat or phone gives an 100% anonymous, safe and confidential environment to talk about the issues that you are going through and find help for your problems. Therapy is a long term solution for any of your deep rooted mental health problems that you otherwise struggle to deal with. A counsellor will help you deal with such negative situations in a more positive way.
In the end, the actor’s death was surely a shocker because last week his manager Disha Salian (28) died after falling off a high-rise building at Malad in Mumbai on June 8. Such incidents just throw light on one thing – is mental health being properly addressed in India or is it still considered a taboo?
And, if seeking help for your mental health problems is a social stigma then, can online counselling help eradicate this societal problem?
Even though the real reason behind Sushant’s death remains unclear but it has surely put in light the issue of mental health in India and that it is high time that we start stressing on the need of therapy as a solution for the mental issues that one might be dealing with.
RIP Sushant Singh Rajput, you were one of the most talented actors the Indian industry had the pleasure to work with.