Sushant Singh Rajput passed away from suicide on Sunday morning and Bollywood mourned the loss. Now, Deepika Padukone has come forward and spoken about mental health and also requested the media to use the current set of words while reporting a suicide case.
Giving her own example, Deepika said that reaching out is important when one is not feeling well. “As a person who has had a lived experience with mental illness, I cannot stress enough about the importance of reaching out. Talk.Communicate.Express.Seek help. Remember, You are not alone. We are in this together. And most importantly, there is Hope,” she wrote in a post.
Deepika also requested the media you use appropriate words while reporting on a suicide. In another post, she wrote, "My dear friends in the Media, Criminals commit a crime. People don't 'commit suicide'. They die by suicide. Their actions arise out of deep anguish. Thank you."
— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) June 14, 2020
Sushant’s death once again put the spotlight on the importance of mental health care.