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Deepika Padukone: Suddenly My Life Looked Empty & Meaningless

Posted: May 31, 2019

This Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s look at why India’s women’s mental health is the last priority on everyone’s mind…

Fear of social stigma means that we tend to hide any issues of Indian women’s mental health until it is too late. This May, Mental Health Month, let’s address this.

Indian women are at the verge of a mental health crisis like never before and need respite, care and space.

A news report claims that more than 20,000 housewives took their lives in India in 2014. This was the year when 5,650 farmers killed themselves in the country.

Why women’s mental health issues?

Gender is often a critical determining factor in mental health and mental illness. Patterns of psychological distress and even psychiatric disorders among women vary from those seen among men. Women exhibit a higher tendency of internalizing disorders while men externalize the same more.

According to surveys and studies by mental health professionals in India, it’s more common for women to be abandoned if diagnosed with a mental illness.

According to a 2016 report by the National Commission for Women, families that willingly abandoned their mentally ill women members most often do so because of huge associated social stigma. Other logistic reasons that influence such decisions more adversely in case of women as compared to men are lack of space in households, inability of caregivers or fear for the safety of the suffering women causing harm to themselves or others living with them.

In this video, #DeepikaPadukone talks about her battle with #Depression and why #MentalHealthAwareness is important to prevent depression in women

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