KARACHI: Everyone agrees that there isn’t enough of a conversation around mental health. To this day, mental health is poorly understood by many, which is why it’s considered a taboo (not just in Pakistan but all over the world). Internationally, many celebrities, such as Zayn Malik, Lady Gaga, Deepika Padukone and countless others have chosen to tell their fans that they suffer from anxiety and depression too.
Two celebrity suicides perhaps sparked the conversation in Pakistan as well. Fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain took their lives in the span of a few days, shocking fans all over the world.
It led to many stars speaking about depression.
Shahbaz Taseer, son of Salman Taseer who was abducted by militants in 2011 and released four years later, took to Twitter to share his own suicidal tendencies and how he deals with them.
In the recent past, other celebrities have also shared their experiences with anxiety and depression, reminding the rest of us that everyone suffers from mental illnesses.
Singer Momina Mustehsan spoke about having panic attacks and encouraged others to reach out and ask for help if they’re suffering too.
A model known for breaking stereotypes, Saheefa Jabbar Khattak also spoke about feeling suicidal in an attempt to start a conversation around the taboo topic.