After Deepika Padukone, Shahrukh Khan now actor Hritik Roshan opens up about depression. The star says issues relating to mental health must be spoken casually and not as if it is something which can’t be cured.
The 42-year-old actor was speaking at the launch of M Power’s ‘Everyday Heroes’ campaign which urges people to accept and fight with mental illnesses.
Hrithik said the highs and lows that he has experienced were necessary as it helped him evolve as a person.
Hrithik said, “I have been through my ups and downs. I have experienced depression and confusion. It’s a normal thing and we should be very casual when we speak about it. I have experienced issues in my life. We all go through ups and downs in our lives. The ups and downs are important because we evolve through both of them. When you go through a down it is important to have a clarity of thought. Sometimes your brain takes over and it kinds of feeds you with unwanted thoughts. Feeds you with thoughts which are not aligned with what you want to do in life and that is the time you need an objective point of view or a third person to look at you and tell you that this is what has happened because you lose awareness at that time.”
Apart from facing depression himself, the 43-year old actor said that he saw many of his friends silently battle depression and other mental issues which prompted him to dig deep into the matter. “I feel mental health will have enormous influence on our future. As a society, we are going into a danger zone as far as mental health is concerned. I have seen this problem from very close quarters. I have seen the jubilation when you have an understanding that it is not your fault and the fact that it can be cured. I always question this stigma. I have seen my friends suffer in silence and it bothered me to a level where I started asking questions.
The Bang Bang star feels mental illness should not be stigmatised and should be treated like any other normal illness. “Millions don’t know they might be suffering from something clinical which is not their fault. It is nothing one should feel awkward about. A knee, elbow, back or neck problems are something we are unapologetic to talk about. But when we are going to go through deep anxiety, depression, chaos, confusion or addictive behaviour and even though we know we are going through it, we don’t allow ourselves to talk about the problems that deal with the brain. It is because we have been conditioned since birth that it is something to feel embarrassed about. And we need to stamp out that stigma. We need to set ourselves free. We need to educate people.”
The actor also believes it’s our vulnerability that makes one humane. “Being vulnerable is what makes us humane. Being a human being means vulnerable. Don’t feel you are weak or it (depression) makes you a lesser or weaker person.”