Tanmay Bhat To Rohan Joshi: These Messages On Depression Will Urge You To Think Beyond Your Problems
Image: Instagram/ Rohan Joshi, Tanmay Bhatt
Depression has taken the lives of many and will continue to do so if it's not spoken to and not spoken about. Considering the kind of society we live in, the term depression comes in with a sort of stereotypical stigma associated to it. One may deal with depression and anxiety on daily basis but refuse to acknowledge it for the fright of coming across as vulnerable.
The recent case of a 24-year-old college student allegedly committing suicide by jumping from the 19th floor in suburban Bandra has further shaken people of all age groups. Many stand-up comics including Tanmay Bhatt, Rohan Joshi, Biswa Kalyan Rath and the internet sensation Mallika Dua have expressed concerns and extended their support to people who may need it.
Tanmay Bhat, who's a regular on Snapchat, put across his point in the form of a video message. He pointed out that problems never really end - they just change. You may have homework problems in school, relationship problems during college and monetary problems later. But as the problems change their face, the only way to solve them, is by introducing them to your friends. "Apne problem ko dosto se milaiyye," he wrote while sharing the video.
Another AIB member, Rohan Joshi, took to Instagram and wrote a heartfelt post about how none of the things you worry about today will eventually matter in the coming years. "It might take a few years but trust me, one day someone is going to ask you how much you got in Physics and you're actually going to take a full ten minutes to even remember," he wrote.
He further asked people to say things even if they sound obvious. "You have no idea who's listening and who you might help just by accident."
Every FIR, every shred of hate, every Sanghi Dickhead, every fear of a mob, every threat, every insecure night of wondering whether doing what I do is worth it or whether I have the ability or the whatever it takes to do this. Every one of those doubts has ceased to matter today. Say things people. Even the things that sound obvious. You have no idea who's listening and who you might help just by accident. Much love and strength to the person who sent me this message. Also, it really really isn't worth ending shit over. It might take a few years but trust me, one day someone is going to ask you how much you got in Physics and you're actually going to take a full ten minutes to even remember.
Another popular face, Biswa Kalyan Rath, penned down a letter sharing his experience for the young people in his newsfeed. He explained how he was "completely unhirable" and felt like a "spectacular failure" at one point. He further highlighted that he kept working at what he thought was right and with the continuous support from his friends, things changed for the better. "People who I assumed thought of me as a failure started messaging me saying they were proud of me. People started appreciating my work," he wrote.
He further advised people not to end their life so soon and give it at least 30 more years. "At least give it 30 more years. Dekho, kya hota hai. Maje lo duniya ke. Life is spectacular and there is so much to learn and do. Life will change so much in the next few years you won't be able to recognise yourself," he added.
The internet sensation Mallika Dua didn't mince her words and explained life as it is. She wrote, "Life sucks most days and it has nothing got to do with what and how much you've got going for you."
She asked people to act upon their feelings and seek medical help if it's required. "Reach out for professional help if you sense something is wrong. It's normal. You're normal. Please don't let anything and anyone make you feel otherwise."
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