Depressed and Young.
Depression is a common disease, which means it is a sort of epidemic currently. Today I am going to focus more on my national statistics about depression and how it affects the young people of this country. 36% of the population of India is depressed, we have a crictical shortage of mental health professionals, and no matter how hard we try, there continues to be a taboo around mental illnesses.
Young people have it even worse, people don’t take their problems seriously and consider it just a phase that they are expected to get over. No one initially takes them seriously, until the time it becomes too late to help anyone, and the child becomes severely depressed or ends up committing suicide, after which the said child is called a coward or weak by the society.
NDTV, which is a well reputed national news channel in the country is making a documentary about the situation with depression in India and helping people understand and be more affectionate to people who suffer from depression. I recently had the chance to speak to them for an interview as they wanted to talk to me about my experiences and how society reacted after I went public about my depression. The first episode of the documentary aired last week and the next episode will be aired on Thursday, 13th April 2017, at 10:30 PM IST. I will be a part of the episode and would like to request readers from India to watch the show and tell me what they think about it.
I feel really fortunate for having gotten such an amazing platform to talk about my struggles and would like to thank Sutapa Deb, Pramit Gangh and Nidhi Duhan for giving me this opportunity to speak out to the people of India. Hope everyone likes the episode and ends up learning more about the things I deal with.
PS: I will be the guy in blue 🙂