Arjun Bijlani: television actors cannot afford to open up to depression
Actor Kushal Punjabi Suicide has brought the issue of mental health in showbiz - particularly the television industry - to the forefront. Actor Arjun Bijlani says that people in the television industry cannot speak openly about depression because it could hinder your chances of getting a job.
The industry is a very difficult situation to catch. You cannot open because you feel that the few possibilities you have of getting a job, you would lose. People will not give you work because they will think you are depressed. Sometimes it is a very strange situation for the actors. They want to open up but they can't, they don't trust anyone, it's really a sad state, said Arjun.
"The solution is that we, as a society, need to change. There should be more awareness about depression , there should be centres and these centre numbers must be sent to everybody. If you are depressed and you are going through anything and you feel suicidal, then please contact this number. There should be these numbers where at least someone can call up and talk to you during those moments," added the "Naagin" actor.
Arjun also feels that social media is a major cause for depression .
Today, due to social networks, I think many people simply see everyone's posts and feel that the person is very happy. And seeing someone so happy depresses you more than you already are. You feel that everything is only going wrong in your life and everything is going well in someone else's life. But not everithing that shines is gold. I think that social networks play a very dominant role today in people's lives.
I may be wrong, but I have the feeling that everyone thinks that this person is going to go there or is doing this more than ever. Because you didn't know before, you used to see it once in a while. But now everything is so instantly, someone buys something, is in social networks, someone uses something, is in social networks. Someone has a new project, is in social networks. Everyone knows everything about everyone. You may feel that someone has everything, but you can still be still. depressed or may still be sad, he added.
Arjun said you can't let fame or lack of it depress you.
I need fame like Shah Rukh Khan, but that doesn't mean that if I don't have it, I'll get depressed. It is important to learn to be happy with what you have and keep working hard to achieve your goal. You can do it or you may not succeed, it must be said from the beginning that this happens in all fields, he said.
He also emphasized creating an atmosphere of happiness.
You must continue doing your thing, small or large, whatever, but create an atmosphere of happiness with the people around you. Work is an aspect of life, but happiness really comes from being with the people around you and with your family and many other things. he said.