While we have come a long way with regards to openly talking about mental health, especially with celebrities opening up about their struggles, it still remains a stigma among many. We live in a world where people still think that mental health is not a very serious matter. This incident is just another reminder that we need to break the silence and stigmas related to this health condition. Your mental health should be your priority but at the same time, you must be supportive of other people battling with a similar condition.
Dr Prakriti Poddar adds, “While some show signs that can indicate their suicidal tendencies, there are many who may never say or do anything to indicate that they may end their life. Talking about suicide, seeking access to the means such as guns, pills, or other objects that could be used in a suicide, self-loathing, and giving away prized possessions or making arrangements for family members are some potential indications. An episode of depression, psychosis, or anxiety, a significant loss, such as the death of a partner or the loss of a job, loss of social support, a personal crisis or life stress, especially one that increases a sense of isolation, and exposure to the suicidal behaviors of others, such as friends, peers, or celebrities can put an individual at a higher risk for suicide. The unrelenting pandemic has only added to it.”