WomanScape’s spotlight on mental health awareness this month would not be complete without addressing depression.
No wonder it’s one of the great challenges of our time. How many of us struggle to find mental strength and to cope with the day-to-day stressors? WomanScape’s Love Coach, Elsa Pastelle, reminds us this month to beware of the pitfalls of unrealistic social media messaging.
This helps to explain why adoring fans, family and friends were shocked to learn about Deepika Padukone’s struggle with depression. A beautiful young actress, she seemed to have it all. For her and many Indian families, there is a reluctance to share problems.
So when Deepika suddenly opened up one day during a television interview, this admission became the catalyst for her starting a non-profit organization called, Live, Love, Laugh. Deepika’s honesty and bravery are what’s needed to help dispel negative social stigmas associated with depression, as well as encouraging people to get help.
What’s typical about Deepika’s experience with depression is that both men and women often suffer in silence despite the very real effects of mental and physical stress.
It’s not easy to ask for help even when you don’t understand what’s happening to you.
According to the American Institute of Stress (AIS), women are twice as likely to suffer from depression than men, and three times more likely to suffer from anxiety disorder or to attempt suicide. Increased demands on women to juggle career and motherhood are just one of the many reasons depression is on the rise. To learn more, click on the AIS link above and don’t suffer alone.
To this point, Amy Morin’s TedTalk is just the kind of inspirational message we need to hear. In it, we witness her harrowing adversity and, more importantly, her determination to regain her mental strength. When I watched this video for the first time, I was inspired by her honesty and her willingness to help others to learn and grow together. Sounds like a perfect fit for WomanScape.
We’d love to hear from you and will check back next week with another great video by women like Deepika and Amy, changing our world with their stories.