Days after Mental Awareness Week, Hrithik Roshan has opened up publicly about his battle with depression. He was speaking at #EverydayHeroes campaign organized by Mpower to spread mental health awareness.
“I have been through my ups and downs. I have experienced depression and confusion. It’s a normal thing and we should be very casual when we speak about it. I have experienced issues in my life. We all go through ups and downs in our lives,” Hrithik said.
He further said: “Sometimes your brain takes over and it kinds of feeds you with unwanted thoughts. Feeds you with thoughts which are not aligned with what you want to do in life and that is the time you need an objective point of view or a third person to look at you and tell you that this is what has happened because you lose awareness at that time.”
The actor, who had made his Bollywood debut with blockbuster hit Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, believes vulnerability makes us human. He advised not to feel weak or assume that depression makes anyone a lesser or weaker person.
Mostly considered the Greek god of Bollywood, Hrithik Roshan saw his 14-year marriage end in divorce, followed by a dirty legal spat with Kangana Ranaut. He said mental illness should not be stigmatised and should be treated like any other normal illness.
“Millions don’t know they might be suffering from something clinical, which is not their fault. It is nothing one should feel awkward about. A knee, elbow, back or neck problems are something we are unapologetic to talk about. But when we are going to go through deep anxiety, depression, chaos, confusion or addictive behaviour and even though we know we are going through it, we don’t allow ourselves to talk about the problems that deal with the brain,” Hrithik said.
He encouraged stamping out the stigma to set ourselves free, and educate people about mental health. He feels that mental health will have enormous influence on the future, as he believes we are in danger zone with regards to mental health. He also spoke about seeing his close ones suffer.
“I have seen this problem from very close quarters. I have seen the jubilation when you have an understanding that it is not your fault and the fact that it can be cured. I always question this stigma. I have seen my friends suffer in silence and it bothered me to a level where I started asking questions,” he said.