Alia Bhatt, Madhuri Dixit and Aamir Khan are among the many celebrities who are doing their bit in raising awareness about mental illnesses, this World Mental Health Day.
For the uninitiated, the day is observed every year on October 10. The World World Federation for Mental Health created this initiative in 1992 to raise global awareness, education, and advocacy against the stigma of mental health.
This year the theme of the day is “40 seconds of action” to signify the chilling fact that one person dies every 40 seconds by suicide, and to rally around the cause of suicide prevention.
Celebs Lend Their Powerful Voice
Madhuri Dixit requested her followers to listen to those suffering from mental illness and not invalidate their symptoms and struggles.
#MentalHealth can affect life in an indescribable way. It's a sensitive issue & talking about it is still seen as a taboo in our society. It's time we break this myth. Know anyone in need? Talk to them, ask them how they are. Let them know you are listening! #WorldMentalHealthDay— Madhuri Dixit Nene (@MadhuriDixit) October 10, 2019
Alia Bhatt promoted her sister Shaheen's initiative about bettering mental health and reminded those struggling that they are not alone.
No one needs to be alone as they struggle with mental health, battling their fears & anxiety. Sometimes all you need is to know that you're not alone!!! Let's start the conversation & raise awareness. Join Shaheen & https://t.co/pg1KzNv3s7 to get started #WorldMentalHealthDay pic.twitter.com/yE5cVXDFB7— Alia Bhatt (@aliaa08) October 10, 2019
Kenny Sebastian normalised therapy by talking about it. His tweet also spoke of the importance of maintaining mental hygiene.
Two years of therapy.— Kenny Sebastian (@knowkenny) October 10, 2019
It’s a massive privilege that I get to do it for mental hygiene.
I equated it to going to the gym but for my mind.
My therapist has guided me to such amazing self improvements.
It’s one of my favourite aspects of life.#WorldMentalHealthDay
Rujuta Diwekar spoke about the link between our gait and mental health. She also spoke about the importance of exercise in that context.
Link between your GAIT and brain health and how exercise can help -— Rujuta Diwekar (@RujutaDiwekar) October 10, 2019
-if the way you walk has changed, it is an indication of deterioration in the brain
-this is caused by reduced lower body strength
-strength training can help prevent this deterioration#WorldMentalHealthDay pic.twitter.com/ArEGMk3UHr
Deepika Padukone, meanwhile, announced the launch of her pre-loved closet, the proceeds from which will go towards the work done by her NGO, Live Laugh Love Foundation. Well, the talk about shedding baggage just became quite literal!
To each and every one of you,— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) October 10, 2019
This #WorldMentalHealthDay I am delighted to announce the launch of The Deepika Padukone Closet™️ where you can shop and own some of my most favourite pieces from my wardrobe! pic.twitter.com/QUg2jqarTu
Aamir Khan too spoke about how triggering incidents can create an impact on our mental health.
#worldmentalhealthweek2019 Sudden, lose of job or money can cause intense fear & shame.Unmute Ur feelings & unlock Ur mind.Let shame, fear & sadness find compassionate ears in close friends & family.Healing begins when feelings r tabled.Intense pain, seek help.— Aamir Khan (@aamir_khan) October 4, 2019
Our favourite message, though, came from UK, where Ed Sheeran and Prince Harry collaborated to fight against prejudices towards
gingers, oops, those suffering from mental health.
Here's hoping you take the positive messages shared by these celebs and have a fantastic mental health!
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