Today, we recognise the importance of talking about mental health and spreading large-scale awareness. From Bollywood actors such as Deepika Padukone to Alia Bhatt’s sister Shaheen Bhatt, celebrities and influencers are leveraging the power of media to reach out to millennials, and tell them that it’s going to be okay! After all, World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that nearly 200 million people in India could be potentially suffering from depression!
It’s heartening to see that OTT and video-streaming platforms too are joining the bandwagon by creating compelling content around critical issues such as depression, empowering millennials to dive deeper in to the issue, make themselves aware and help those around them who are in need, but often, don’t voice their deepest fears.
Here are 4 videos that will help recognise a person in depression –
The video follows a young guy who pretends everything is okay at his workplace and around his friends. However, we slowly see through his feelings and inner fears, only to realize that what you see isn’t what you get. The video ends with him breaking down during a conversation with his mother, accepting he needs help.
Although with a funny take, this AIB video depicts how the world would be like if an illness such as typhoid gets treated like depression! The video shows how Nikhil, the central protagonist receives innumerable advice from his close ones, when he tells them that he’s suffering from Typhoid. The idea here is to recognise the criticality of providing information to help anyone who might be suffering from depression and make people understand that depression is an illness that needs to be dealt with proper medical attention and not something that can be left to heal with time.
What’s Wrong? is an initiative by Skadoosh Films in association with Aasra, that talks about the increasing need to spread awareness about mental health. It features Shriya Pilgaonkar as a young working girl who cannot gather the strength to go to office despite receiving good news on her professional front! It shows her being lost, sad and sometimes even angry before she finally breaks down and reveals what’s going on in her mind.
This video by Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone’s ‘Live Love Laugh Foundation’ shows people from different walks of life break down in front of their loved ones when asked ‘What’s Wrong’? The video explores people’s emotions beautifully when repeatedly asked by their loved ones to share what is bothering them. It also wants to persuade people to see for signs around them and help when someone is in need of a shoulder!
While we all love watching videos that give us a break from our monotonous lives, videos like these make us aware of the issues around us. If you feel that a friend, colleague, relative or house help is showing some signs of a disturbed mental health, immediately reach out to them and assure them that it is okay to feel that way and depression like any other illness can and must be treated.