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.
Near and dear suffering from depression need professional help/healing/therapy plus all our compassion, patience and understanding. This will only come if we educate ourselves and raise awareness. https://t.co/IANTaRDjJr
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.
I’ve spent a lot of time contemplating suicide. Depression is not something we can control. It’s darkness consumes you. I remember when I couldn’t bare the sight of myself, I could see traces of who I was but I hated what I saw. I hated what I felt and I hated the pain..