Since people are suffering from the huge negative impact COVID-19 is having on their mental health, Bollywood actor Ali Fazal has decided to create some roundtables about it. Ali has met with several doctors and other experts to conduct sessions for front-line staff, children, COVID patients, and more. Going deeper into the initiative, Ali said: “As a nation, we need to start learning from this and understand the importance of having a regular conversation about mental health. It all starts with getting there, acknowledging. That’s the core of mental health.”
“For example, for now and for all times, we need to be more empathetic to doctors and nurses and all other Frontline staff, because the trauma they are experiencing today on a daily basis will have a tremendous impact on mental health tomorrow,” he added. According to him, mental health does not work in the concept of “one size fits all”.
“Mental health is also something that does not work in the one-size-fits-all concept. That is why, in my initiative, the goal is to help raise awareness of social groups and sectors in need of mental health. With the necessary support and assistance to do so,” he said.
With the help of Dr. Harish Shetty and Dr. Anjali Chabariya, senior psychiatrists in Mumbai and Dr. Aleem Siddiqui of Lucknow, a member of the Direct Board of the Indian Psychiatric Association, Ali is eager to start this noble initiative. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many other celebrities also came to talk about mental health.
Actress Deepika Padukone, who has had quite a voice about her struggle with depression, has recently taken to the handles of her social media to demand that people take proper care of her mental health. On her Instagram account, she shared a list of some mental health care phone numbers. “As we strive to keep millions of people (myself and my family) afloat, let’s not forget that the emotional well-being we have in this current crisis is very important! Remember, You’re Not Alone. We’re in it together. And now It’s important, hope! #YouAreNotAlone @ tlllfoundation, ”he published.
Among the rise in cases, many stars like Katrina Kaif, Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt, Mira Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar, among others, have been using social media to increase the Voices of those in need.