Many celebrities so far have revealed about their struggle with depression. The new name in the list is Alia Bhatt’s sister Shaheen Bhatt. Recently, her dad, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt shared an incident. He revealed about this while talking about the rampant issue of depression and the growing cases of suicide in the country.
“It’s a form of mental illness and it can be treated. When you suffer from diabetes then, you have to take insulin shots. Similarly, when you are prone towards depression then you need to consult a doctor who can treat you through medication but, I think in our country, we are lacking in generating awareness about mental illness. Almost in every household people are suffering from depression.”
Giving the example of his own daughter Shaheen Bhatt, the filmmaker shared,
“My daughter Shaheen, Alia’s elder sister, she, at the age of 16 discovered finally that she is suffering from clinical depression. In October, she is launching her own memoir in which she has talked about the kind of struggle she has gone through in that phase. She also came to a point of attempting a suicide at the age of 12-13 so this is the truth of my own house.”
Mahesh Bhatt’s upcoming film, The Dark Side of Life: Mumbai City narrates sensitive issues like loneliness, communal harmony and mental health that exist in our society. Shaheen Bhatt has also spoken about her struggle with depression. She said,
“I’ve lived with depression since I was 12 years old and since then I’ve been suicidal on more than one occasion. I’ve experienced the sheer terror of contemplating a life filled with unrelenting anguish, and I’ve been consumed by the terrifying thought of having but a single means of escape from a bleak, unbearable future.”