According to many, 2020 is probably one of the worst years faced by humanity. Like all others, the entertainment industry too has suffered insurmountable losses including the recent demise of 34-year-old Sushant Singh Rajput, who succumbed to depression on Monday morning.
In light of present circumstances, Bollywood starlet Sherlyn Chopra too has come out and shared her struggles with depression and how she overcame that dark phase of her life.
Sherlyn reveals, “In early 2005, my dad, who was a doctor, yielded to cardiac arrest caused by a severe sunstroke as he was treating Tsunami victims in Andhra Pradesh. I had lost my dad while I was still in college and I didn’t know how to live without a parent. Over the years, I have realised that one’s sense of self-worth and self-love doesn’t arise from external factors but from the way one communicates with oneself. And so, I gradually started being less critical and more loving and compassionate towards myself. I have realised that the world is not a bad place with bad people but an interesting place with all kinds of people. A couple of years ago, I started making healthier choices in life. I quit smoking and by choosing to work out regularly, I built muscle mass that made me look and feel strong.”
I humbly request the government to set up multiple hotline services to offer comfort and counseling to vulnerable individuals and to create more awareness than ever about the significance of mental health– Sherlyn Chopra
She further added, “We have all felt hurt, betrayed, rejected, misunderstood, or abused in some way or the other. As human beings, we feel different kinds of emotions depending on circumstances, and accordingly, we react to the emotions that we feel. To rise above our circumstances, we need to understand that no situation is permanent. Being happy is more of an internal thing. However, we have laid undue emphasis on the exterior, physical, materialistic world, so much so, that it has become very difficult for us to separate ourselves from our titles, labels, status, follower counts, and social standing, which in no way define us.
She concluded by saying, “I personally believe that when we choose faith over fear, we are sending a clear indication of our intention to our minds and to the universe at large that we value and respect life. I humbly request the government to set up multiple hotline services to offer comfort and counseling to vulnerable individuals and to create more awareness than ever about the significance of mental health.”