In the wake of Sushant Singh Rajput's shocking suicide at just the age of 34, Akshay Kumar's throwback video on mental health awareness is going viral again, The Khiladi can be heard saying in the video, “I read about suicide cases. In fact, every year almost 8 lakh people kill themselves out of which 2.5 lakhs cases are from India. Most of them are youngsters who commit suicide under pressure of studies or their failed relationship. Why… does your life have no value? If you want to do this, give away your life for the country instead. No matter how big is the stress, for once imagine the state of your parents when they would get to know about your suicide. Your parents do not deserve this kind of devastation.”
Also wondering why parents don't have sufficient time nowadays to listen to their children's problems and lamenting social-media culture, Akshay Kumar adds, “I would like to ask parents, where is the time when you used to talk with your children and ask them about everything? Today, how will your child address his problems to you when you yourself are too busy on your phone? Your child is searching for friends on Facebook.”
Addressing the taboo against mental-health checkups, the actor concludes, “You call for a doctor if they are hurt but if they are stressed or depressed, you just tell them to think positively. Mental help and check-up is as necessary as everything else. No matter how much I talk about it, it is you who have to take the decision. Talk to either friends or family. I need the promise that you will search for a solution, which is not suicide. For now, I would just say this.”
Check out his entire video below:
We hope that people suffering from mental health or contemplating anything drastic pay heed to this.
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