- Mental health does not work on concept of 'one size fits all': Ali Fazal
- Actor Ali Fazal aims to raise awareness about mental health
- COVID-19 has exacerbated the mental health issues, as per experts
Mumbai: As people are facing a strong negative impact of COVID-19 on their mental health, Bollywood actor Ali Fazal has decided to set up a series of panel discussions about the same. Mr Fazal has joined hands with several doctors and other experts to conduct the sessions for front-line workers, children, COVID patients, and more. Elaborating more about the initiative, said, “As a nation, we must start learning from this and understand the importance of having a regular conversation on mental health. It all starts with reaching out, acknowledging. That’s the core of mental health.”
For example, for now and for all times, we need to be more empathetic towards doctors and nurses and all other frontline workers because the trauma they’re facing on a daily basis today is bound to take an enormous toll on their mental health tomorrow, he added.
According to him, mental health does not work on the concept of ‘one size fits all’.
Also mental health is something that doesn’t work on the concept of one size fits all. Hence in my initiative, the aim is to help them be aware of various groups and sections of societies that need provision of mental health and to provide them with the necessary help and support for it, he further said.
With the help of Dr Harish Shetty and Dr Anjali Chabariya, senior psychiatrists from Mumbai and Dr Aleem Siddiqui from Lucknow, Immediate Past Direct Council member of Indian Psychiatric Society, Mr Fazal is looking forward to starting with this noble initiative.
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of other celebrities also came forward to talk about mental health.
Actor Deepika Padukone, who has been quite vocal about her battle with depression, recently took to her social media handles to urge people to take proper care of their mental health. On her Instagram account, she had shared a list of several mental health helpline numbers.
As millions of us (me and my family included) strive to stay afloat, let us not forget that our emotional well-being in this current crisis, is equally important! Remember, You Are Not Alone. We are in this together.And most importantly, there is HOPE! #YouAreNotAlone @tlllfoundation, she had posted.
Amid the surge in cases, many stars like Katrina Kaif, Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt, Mira Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar, among others have been using social media to amplify the voices of those in need.
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