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World Mental Health Day: Deepika Padukone Leads the Way

As the world observes the Mental Health Day today, it is time to remember how mental illness affects anybody and everybody in society but overcoming it is the key to success for many celebrities.

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of it. It provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.

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While Angelina Jolie was once open about her mental illness and suicidal tendencies that shook her off the success ladder, she found peace in bringing up her son and then neve3r looked back on the path of humanity.

Even the famous write J.W. Rolling of “Harry Potter” sereis recollected many times how she was at the bottom of the pyramid in terms of mental solace and nearly homeless before embarking upon a highly envious and successful career of a global writer for all generations.

Even Bollywood is not far with Deepika Padukone recently opened frankly her tryst with depression despite success knocking at her door with every new film. Not long ago, Shahrukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan underwent serious challenge with their medical illness. the panacea for all of them is to take recourse to charity and humnaity-oriented programs to rejuvenate their value as useful citizens to society. Even Manisha Koirala once came out openly about her depression and friends who had distanced her after break up with husband.

The fact that the world Mental Health day is gaining prominence is another indication of the world’s new vision of success and failure and how mental illness should not be treated in isolation but in the context of each individual’s fight to make it better. With a theme of “Dignity”, this year’s World Mental Health Day is an occasion to inspire people to realize the journeys of celebrities to fight it out and openly. Deepika Padokone, who surprised the fans and the Bollywood last year when she openly admitted that she did undergo depression many times despiute her success, is the leading lady of the new campaign. While shooting for “Happy New Year”, she said every morning, “it was a struggle to wake up and shoot for Happy New Year’s climax.” Padukone has not relented nor chose to be secret about it but turned a brave daughter of anpother celebrity to take it up with an NGO called, “Live Love Laugh”.

Why Mental Health Day?

Essentially, people with mental illness are locked up in rooms to evade onlookers and social isolation. The campaign is against treating torture and violence against them. Here is a World Health Organization’s list of ill-treatments:

The dignity of many people with mental health conditions is not respected

  • Frequently they are locked up in institutions where they are isolated from society and subject to inhumane and degrading treatment.
  • Many are subjected to physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect in hospitals and prisons, but also in their communities.
  • They are very often deprived of the right to make decisions for themselves.Many are systematically denied the right to make decisions about their mental health care and treatment, where they want to live, and their personal and financial affairs.
  • They are denied access to general and mental health care. As a consequence they are more likely to die prematurely, compared with the general population.
  • They are often deprived of access to education and employment opportunities. Stigma and misconceptions about mental health conditions means that people also face discrimination in employment and are denied opportunities to work and make a living. Children with mental health conditions are also frequently excluded from educational opportunities. This leads to marginalisation and exclusion from employment opportunities in later life.
  • They are prevented from participating fully in society. They are denied the possibility to take part in public affairs, to vote or stand for public office. They are not given the opportunity to participate in decision-making processes on issues affecting them, such as mental health policy and legislative or service reform. In addition, access to recreational and cultural activities is often denied to people with mental health conditions.

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